Jack Moser, who helped Burnet Realty agents Jan Raphael and Sandy Espe Sorenson begin the event, wrote the clues for the Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt from 1975-1993.
medallion was never found in 1997; in fact, the large brass medallion
disappeared altogether. A new plexiglass
medallion was commissioned for 1998. Since 2019, hunters have been able to keep the medallion that they find.
The earliest the medallion has been found was in 1994 with only 4 clues. The longest hunt was in 2004
at Bossard Park; it took all 12 clues.
average, it has taken eight out of the possible ten clues to find the medallion
have found or have been part of the finding team over 75% of the hunts, making
this a truly family-friendly event.
medallion was supposed to be hidden at Lion’s Park in 2000 but the location was
quickly changed when the clue writers were caught duct-taping the
medallion to the bottom of a picnic bench.
medallion was hidden on the night of clue writer Chad O’Leary’s wedding; it was
in his pocket during the ceremony and then he and Jan Holtz snuck out of the
reception at Manitou Station to place it at the Depot.
commonly searched landmark during the Treasure Hunt year-after-year is the War Memorial on
Clark Avenue (but it was hidden there in 1985 so perhaps a good idea?).
Over 95% of the time the medallion is hidden during the day. Are you keeping your eyes open?