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8-year-old Coeur d'Alene boy digs up a mystery

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Troy Frye with his discovery. Troy Frye with his discovery.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

As kids we all dream about finding buried treasure, but one 8-year-old Coeur d'Alene boy thinks he may have found a piece of North Idaho history.

Last month, Troy Frye and his friend were playing with his grandpa near their home on Cherry Hill in Coeur d'Alene when he found something. At first Troy thought it was a dinosaur egg, but after showing his grandpa, they realized it looked like something else: A cannon ball.

Troy and his family brought it to the Museum of North Idaho. Historian Robert Singletary says it's possible that the ball could have come from Fort Sherman, which was built in the 1870s where North Idaho College now stands.

Artifacts from the fort have been found on the campus over the years, but nothing as large as a cannonball, and not this far away either.

More than likely it appears the ball was used in equipment that crushed rock to help build roads and highways.

If you ask Troy, he's pretty sure what he found. But for now, it remains a mystery.

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