An Old Train Depot's Buried Treasure?
From Antiques Roadshow
In 1979, my husband and I got permission to tear down an old building to get all the lumber we needed to build our garage. As we were collecting the lumber that my husband wanted to use, I came across a two-by-four, about 7 or 8 feet long, with several metal attachments. My husband didn't want that piece because it wasn't construction-worthy for our garage, but I set it aside to load last because that was the one piece of lumber I wanted. After my husband was finished loading the lumber, I brought my piece to him and asked, "Okay, now, what is this metal for on this piece of lumber?" As he turned it, he discovered it was some sort of level when the sun hit the "bubble" part.
For several years, I inquired around about what type of level I had found, but with no luck. Then, in 1993, I was visiting my sister in Independence, Missouri, when a friend of hers told me to contact the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Omaha, Nebraska. This friend was a millwright, and recognized the level as a tool for engineering railroad tracks. So I took a trip to the Omaha Union Pacific Railroad Office to talk to the curator of the Union Station Museum. The curator informed me that the railroad track level would be worth $500,000 within the Midwest, should it be auctioned off. However, it could be worth millions of dollars if opened for auction to the whole United States (and this was back in 1993, before the surge of patriotism in 2001)!
This level happens to be a huge part of our country's transportation, engineering, and military history. It is an American icon that would have been destroyed if I had not found it that day. Unfortunately, before we could return to gather more lumber, the owner set fire to the rest of the old building. I was told that the building had been an old depot many years back.
— Sandy, Kansas City, Missouri
The Parable of the Hidden Treasure
"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
This is why Christians procylatize, peoples souls are worth more than any treasure. A person, their soul, is precious to God. God wants all to spend eternity with him. The only thing that will survive after the physical death is ones eternal soul.
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.