Col. L.O. Trigg, was the owner of the Eldorado Daily Journal and the most energetic of early proponents of nationalizing the Shawnee Forest.
His summer retreat near Equality is being excavated currently by the USDA Forest Service as part of its Passport in Time program. The program uses volunteers from across the nation to excavate archaeological sites within the National Forest system.
Mary McCorvie, Shawnee National Forest Heritage Program Manager, said, "I think it is wonderful how many people are interested in participating." Volunteers may register for a dig on the website www.passportintime.com.
There were 16 volunteers digging around Trigg's summer home in Equality Thursday morning. The purpose of the dig was to learn about Trigg. The volunteers were from Virginia, New York, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.
Trigg bought the two story home from a local owner, McCorvie said. It was built in the late 19th century. From 1930 to 1949 Trigg led tours of the forest — the Ozark Tours — that lasted three days and involved camping each night. He tried to involve influential people in hope of succeeding at nationalization of the land.
Many of the artifacts recovered Thursday were almost unrecognizable, nails and other rusted construction elements, tailings from prehistoric tool making by Indians, rusty bedsprings and the top and a portion of a mason jar were among the finds.
Nevertheless, this is what digs are all about. Pieces of the puzzle collected to be evaluated later. These artifacts will remain in Harrisburg for a few years and then be transferred to SIU, McCorvie said.