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Several members of the club led by member John
Lobota, met at the old city hall in Palm Beach to tour the
Richard and Pat Johnson Natural Museum on Saturday
March 28th. And what a visit it was, videos, artifacts, old
maps, old letters and pictures of the old days. A wealth of
information for those of us who enjoy exploring with out
metal detectors!
Did you know some of our homes once resided in Dade
County? The southernmost part of Palm Beach County
was separated to create the northern portion of Broward
County in 1915, the northwestern portion became part of
Okeechobee County 1917 and southern Martin County
was created from northernmost Palm Beach County
in 1925.
That is just the tip of the iceberg of what you can learn
by visiting the Richard and Pat Johnson Museum at 300
Dixie Highway in Palm Beach, located inside the original
City Hall. The history of Palm Beach County’s
development! Why care about the history of our
county? Surprisingly enough if you are a park hunter (or
maybe you should be) “to be successful you have to know
your history” (John Lobota). Oh, there are modern things
in the parks too, but silver coins and jewelry in some of
the older parks, especially the affluent ones. Knowing the
history of an area can add up to a rewarding success! So
where do the museums come in to the picture? It is all
right there at your fingertips and just your time is the cost.
What better source could you find for pictures of old
dwellings or what use to be in that vacant field or where
are the deserted beaches? It really surprised me to see
how big the beach behind the Breakers Hotel was 50 years
ago! Obviously the museum is not the only source, the
county records department and public library can all come
in handy when doing research. How many of us use these
resources. And why not, they are there for you!
Our morning of touring and learning was follow by a
luncheon at the Iberia Bar-B-Que (just South of Forest
Hill Blvd on Dixie Highway). A restaurant with fingering
licking Portugal homemade BBQ sauce and open grill
(Imported from Portugal). Frank and his friend Laurie
found the place, tested it and shared it with those in
attendance at the museum! The company was great, the
food inexpensive delicious and plentiful (most of us
shared a plate piled high with rice, black bean, French
fries, BBQ Chicken and Ribs!
Extra Special Thanks go to John Lobota for putting
this event together!
Submitted by Jan Smirnow

The weather was really perfect with the temperature
in the low 70's. It was cloudy and even though it looked
like it was going to rain, only a few sprinkles occurred.
The first hunt was sponsored by Kellyco. Just thirty
tokens were put in a hunt field and whoever recovered a
token won a Gator Digger (retail $69.95). Only one token
could be found by a hunter; if a token was found, the
hunter immediately left the field.
For the second hunt 4001 tokens were planted in the
field for the Competition Hunt. The first place winner
recovered 226 painted pennies! A pinpointing contest was
held prior to lunch and while the children's hunt was held.
The final hunt was the silver and token hunt. They
planted ten pounds of silver coins in the ground for the

Gary McNew, Linda Bennett,
Irving Smith and Bob Dobski

Kellyco Hunt
Irving Smith
Linda Bennett
Silver and Token Hunt
Irving Smith - 2 tokens
Headphones and digger with pouch
Linda Bennett - Reale Token