Balboa's Main Street Redevelopment Yields a
Wealth of Lost Treasure.
When veteran treasure hunter Larry Tucker heard about the
streets of Downtown Balboa being torn up he couldn't wait to
get his metal detectors working in the rubble. Larry had
barely started searching through the sand that been uncovered
from beneath the old streets and sidewalks when he found a
Barber quarter. Then coin after coin he recovered bits of
Balboa's past. An old Red Car token reading 'Good for One
Fare.' Coins from the old gambling casinos, the original
Balboa Theater, even from the Balboa Arcade. One old coin read
'Good For One Mint.'
Larry Tucker (Left) and his friend Rick Rolsheim were given
the cover story in Treasures Magazine
In Larry's 15 years of treasure hunting,
this was the most exciting find ever. Over the next two weeks
Larry found over 200 coins. Finally after visiting the site
every day for over five-and-one-half months Larry had amassed
a collection of over 300 coins worth thousands of dollars..
The newest dated 1922 the oldest coins going back into the 1800s.
One of the most prized coins in Larry's recovered collection
was a 1901S quarter worth over $2,500.00. Larry plans to be
back for the final Phase 3 of the redevelopment next year.
One of Larry's prize finds was this
1918D half dollar.
Balboa Local is Winner in
Big Mac Pumpkin Contest
Balboa Market's Bob StJohn awards Paula Curran with the
Big Mac pumpkin.
With over 150 entries in this year's
'Guess the weight contest,' Paula Curran was the winner with the
correct guess of 119 pounds.
By Scott StJohn
Like much of the Peninsula, Balboa Village will
be considering a plan to underground the currently overhead
electrical, telephone and cable TV utilities. The City Council
will be holding a owner information meeting on January 15, 2004 in
the City Council Chambers regarding the Balboa Village Assessment
District #75 plan. For questions contact; Patrick Arciniega,
Associate Engineer for Public Works Department.
For More London's Times
Why is it that if you go out on Balboa pier and use the coin
operated telescope to look around you're a tourist taking in the view, but
if you use a pair of binoculars you're a Peeping Tom pervert?
Jim - I bought one of your pictures
last weekend at the Balboa Market. My mother lives
in Balboa although I now live on the Mississippi River in
Minnesota. Do you have an on-line gallery of your
pictures, or could you email me a file of
thumbnails? I might want a second photo. Nice
whats up dude, were in
rome, its seriously fricken old. tell everyone were missin the
small town feel, its been raining everywhere we have been.
european question of the trip, how do flush the toilette. well jim
hope all is well, pass this on coffee shop, sheila etc. thanks
dude see you soon, oh trippy about the docks.......
rich and carrie
Photo of the Week Archives
A Thanksgiving Card For You
Balboa Branch Library
OPEN: Mon., 11/24, 9-9;
Tues., 11/25, 9-6, Wed., 11/26, 9-9; CLOSED: Thurs./Fri.,
11/27 & 28;
OPEN: Sat., 11/29, 9-6.
Happy Thanksgiving, from the staff!
With All The Fixings
11 am - 4:30 pm
Adults $17.50 - Kids $5.00
Balboa Fun Zone
At Participating Stores
Thursday December 11
6 pm - 9pm
BMOA Christmas Party
Tickets $35 Per Person
Available At; Catalina Flyer
Balboa Village Market
Bibi Anna's & local Merchants
Saturday December 13
Paints the Town
December 17 - 21
6:30 pm - 9 pm
Christmas Boat Parade
New Year's Day
1 pm - 5 pm
Balboa Village 5th Annual
New Year's Day Talent Show
At the Gazebo In Peninsula Park
Saturday January 10
6pm - ??
Bob Stephens' Retirement Party
Balboa Village Circa 1982
This great old photo shows the old
Balboa Fun Zone just before it was demolished
Balboa's first internet saloon now
Now you can go on line
at the Balboa Saloon
now offers free WI-FI Internet access to all of their
customers. Just bring your laptop or PDA and go on
line using the SSID "coldbeer." What else?
Saloon owner, Butch Wilson says he went on line with the program
the first of October and within days he had a dozen
regulars using this free service.
My name is Steven Kamine and I have been in the possesion
of a hard cover book with the title of Dick's Joint for
the past 23 or 24 years. It's a limited edition book and I
have copy 650 of 1000. The book is a tribute to Cap'n Dick
Shaw. I've been trying to find out more about the book and
how it came about, today's value of the book (if any) and
a bit of history about Richard Shaw but I have found very
little information. If there any information that you
could provide to me. I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for your time,
Do you know how to contact the lady who cares for Rupert?
I'd like to find out about bringing a couple more black
swans to Newport to keep him company. Whether that is even
a good idea or not..
I'm asking a favour of you. I live in Toronto, Canada. My
mother had a long time friend, Bonnie Fulghum . I am her
namesake, but I haven't heard from her in a couple of
years. She lived on 3051/2 Main St. in your town. Did you
know her and if you did, is she OK?
Thanking you in advance.
Thank you so much for letting Bonnie Fulghum know that I
was trying to get in touch with her. We talked tonight and
is was so good to here from her. I somehow mixed her phone
number up and I kept getting the message that her phone
was disconnected. Anyway, thank you again for being so
Love the new Main Street camera. I can almost taste the
Jeremiah Red at BJ's from here!
Roy Beard (Grand Forks, ND)