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Metal detecting enthusiasts “King George” Wyant (KG) and Tim “The Ringmaster” Saylor (Ringy) travel across the country uncovering lost pieces of American history on National Geographic Channel’s Diggers. So what brings them to Olathe? On a journey across Kansas, KG and Ringy visit Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm on a quest to uncover historical artifacts along the Santa Fe Trail.
The Mahaffie segment was filmed in April and KG and Ringy battled a late season cold surge (including snowfall) on their dig. The metal detector-wielding diggers were accompanied by a professional archaeologist who documents and processes any found artifacts.
According to Tim Talbott, site manager, the group was fun to work with and the experience was memorable. “The artifacts they found offer us important clues to guide future archaeological excavations,” he said.
Mahaffie will be featured on Diggers: Bleeding Kansas which airs August 14 at 7:30 p.m. local time on the National Geographic Channel.
About Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop:
The Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop and Farm Historic Site offers a unique hands-on experience for visitors of all ages focusing on 1860s farming, frontier life, and stagecoach travel while preserving the nationally significant Mahaffie story. The historic site is the last remaining stagecoach stop open to the public on the Santa Fe Trail. Operated by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Olathe, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a designated component of the Santa Fe National Historic Trail and a participant in the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. Hours of operation, living history activities, special events and programs vary seasonally. For more information, please call (913) 971-5111 or visit www.mahaffie.org.
About the Diggers Bleeding Kansas episode:
KG and Ringy are on the front lines of Bleeding Kansas, where the deadliest conflict in our nation’s history had its roots, and they’re determined to find the oldest “civ” possible: the bullet from the first shot fired in the civil war before the Civil War. The first stop is a landmark on the Underground Railroad — a river crossing used by the militia and escaping slaves — perhaps these escaping slaves or the people who helped them dropped something in their rush to get to freedom, or maybe the militia dropped some military buttons or even some weaponry? Next, they visit a location on the Santa Fe Trail where travelers stopped to resupply — since so many people passed through; KG and Ringy hope to strike “sweet nectar” in no time. Finally, they hit up Black Jack Battlefield. This site is where the North and South first battled over the issue of slavery, and it’s the perfect spot to uncover the “roundness” they are hoping for.