Where do successful treasure hunters find all those coins, rings, relics, and treasures? They find them anywhere people congregated, which is practically everywhere. One learns of these places through research. Research will help you locate the good sites and will increase the value of your old finds.
Researching a site, whether a ghost town, an old park, a school, a playground, or otherwise, can be fun and exciting. Then, the experience of locating the site and coming home with your treasures is beyond belief. Good places to get started with research are your local library, the Internet, and museums. On the top of my list are local historical societies. These can be quite helpful in locating a specific ghost town in their areas. Not all small towns have a historical society. Old newspaper articles are another good source of information. The list of resources is endless. Treasure found by accident equals but a small percentage of that located by persons using good research practices and techniques.
With a good turn-on-and-go metal detector you could soon be unearthing valuable relics from the past such as these.