Spokane treasure hunters: Two men with metal detectors search fo - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane treasure hunters: Two men with metal detectors search for history

Posted: Updated:
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It was a  sunny Tuesday morning on Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane. That's where Ward Westfall and his friend Bob were on the hunt, searching for treasure.

“I found two sets of keys, can slaw, bottle caps, just bits of metal, and here are all the pennies,” Westfall said.

Ward and Bob are members of the Northwest Metal Detectors Club. Since retiring from the post office in Portland, Oregon, Ward has made searching for hidden treasure his full-time hobby. But he has been doing this for over 30 years.

"I got my first detector when I was a junior in high school 1973," said Ward thinking back to when he first started this hobby.

The detectors -- that can range in price from $40 to thousands of dollars -- send a magnetic field into the ground. The sounds and tones that come back vary according to what might be buried there. 

"I have subcategories where it can be a nickel, a zinc penny, a dime or a quarter or a half dollar," said Ward.

Ward and Bob travel all over the Inland Northwest to search for buried treasure. They travel with a trusty pinpointer and a small garden shovel to find where x marks the spot. Both Bob and Ward have metal detecting permits from Spokane County.

They say that this hobby is addictive because you never know what you're going to find only inches under your feet. The coolest thing Ward has found this week?

"I found an 1889 Indian head penny at Coeur d'Alene Park. Unfortunately, I scratched it because it was quite deep, about 8 inches deep," added Ward.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Evacuations remain in place as Upriver/Beacon Hill Fire grows to 120 acres; 2 homes lost

    Evacuations remain in place as Upriver/Beacon Hill Fire grows to 120 acres; 2 homes lost

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:54 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:54:44 GMT

    Fire crews are battling a large brush fire near Upriver Drive. The fire near Felts Field forced Level 3 evacuations for people South of Valley Springs, East of Minnehaha and north of Upriver. KHQ has learned one home has been lost, while another is involved. This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.

    >>

    Fire crews are battling a large brush fire near Upriver Drive. The fire near Felts Field forced Level 3 evacuations for people South of Valley Springs, East of Minnehaha and north of Upriver. KHQ has learned one home has been lost, while another is involved. This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.

    >>
  • Post Falls man dies in Spokane Valley crash

    Post Falls man dies in Spokane Valley crash

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:13 AM EDT2018-07-18 05:13:40 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Post Falls man died in a collision involving a motorcycle and semi truck Tuesday afternoon in Spokane Valley. Around 3:53 p.m., a Peterbilt semi-truck was heading westbound on Trent turning north into a private parking lot from the second lane when a Suzuki motorcycle in the first lane turned in front of the semi and collided. The driver of the motorcycle, 65-year-old Michael Arnold of Post Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Post Falls man died in a collision involving a motorcycle and semi truck Tuesday afternoon in Spokane Valley. Around 3:53 p.m., a Peterbilt semi-truck was heading westbound on Trent turning north into a private parking lot from the second lane when a Suzuki motorcycle in the first lane turned in front of the semi and collided. The driver of the motorcycle, 65-year-old Michael Arnold of Post Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    >>
  • Death of Spokane County Jail inmate being investigated

    Death of Spokane County Jail inmate being investigated

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:47 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:47:40 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Detectives are investigating the in-custody death of an inmate at the Spokane County Jail. Deputies were called to the jail Tuesday afternoon regarding an inmate who was found deceased in a cell while inmates were being released for "out time" for that floor. Major Crimes Detectives are processing the scene and conducting interviews of inmates and correction staff. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Detectives are investigating the in-custody death of an inmate at the Spokane County Jail. Deputies were called to the jail Tuesday afternoon regarding an inmate who was found deceased in a cell while inmates were being released for "out time" for that floor. Major Crimes Detectives are processing the scene and conducting interviews of inmates and correction staff. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Post Falls man dies in Spokane Valley crash

    Post Falls man dies in Spokane Valley crash

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 1:13 AM EDT2018-07-18 05:13:40 GMT

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Post Falls man died in a collision involving a motorcycle and semi truck Tuesday afternoon in Spokane Valley. Around 3:53 p.m., a Peterbilt semi-truck was heading westbound on Trent turning north into a private parking lot from the second lane when a Suzuki motorcycle in the first lane turned in front of the semi and collided. The driver of the motorcycle, 65-year-old Michael Arnold of Post Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    >>

    SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - A Post Falls man died in a collision involving a motorcycle and semi truck Tuesday afternoon in Spokane Valley. Around 3:53 p.m., a Peterbilt semi-truck was heading westbound on Trent turning north into a private parking lot from the second lane when a Suzuki motorcycle in the first lane turned in front of the semi and collided. The driver of the motorcycle, 65-year-old Michael Arnold of Post Falls, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    >>
  • Evacuations remain in place as Upriver/Beacon Hill Fire grows to 120 acres; 2 homes lost

    Evacuations remain in place as Upriver/Beacon Hill Fire grows to 120 acres; 2 homes lost

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 12:54 AM EDT2018-07-18 04:54:44 GMT

    Fire crews are battling a large brush fire near Upriver Drive. The fire near Felts Field forced Level 3 evacuations for people South of Valley Springs, East of Minnehaha and north of Upriver. KHQ has learned one home has been lost, while another is involved. This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.

    >>

    Fire crews are battling a large brush fire near Upriver Drive. The fire near Felts Field forced Level 3 evacuations for people South of Valley Springs, East of Minnehaha and north of Upriver. KHQ has learned one home has been lost, while another is involved. This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available.

    >>
  • Death of Spokane County Jail inmate being investigated

    Death of Spokane County Jail inmate being investigated

    Tuesday, July 17 2018 11:47 PM EDT2018-07-18 03:47:40 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Detectives are investigating the in-custody death of an inmate at the Spokane County Jail. Deputies were called to the jail Tuesday afternoon regarding an inmate who was found deceased in a cell while inmates were being released for "out time" for that floor. Major Crimes Detectives are processing the scene and conducting interviews of inmates and correction staff. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Detectives are investigating the in-custody death of an inmate at the Spokane County Jail. Deputies were called to the jail Tuesday afternoon regarding an inmate who was found deceased in a cell while inmates were being released for "out time" for that floor. Major Crimes Detectives are processing the scene and conducting interviews of inmates and correction staff. 

    >>