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Stories of the Past: Monday, December 31, 2001

December 30, 2001

>>50 years ago — Come midnight, it's the "two-penny postcard." At that hour, by act of Congress, the old penny postcard becomes a collector's item.

>>40 years ago — Workmen at the McDonald Border Ranch, eight miles east of Calexico on Highway 98, trapped an animal in the Alamo River area. The men are undecided if it is a bobcat since it has a tail about six or seven inches long.

>>30 years ago — Chrome is being polished, carburetors being checked and some people are riding over from San Diego for a benefit motorcycle race Sunday at the California Mid-Winter fairgrounds. The "T.T. Scrambles" over a looping dust track begin at 10 a.m. Tickets costs are $2 for adults and $1 for children ages 12 and under. Proceeds will help establish a riding club for bored teen-agers.

>>20 years ago — Spanish galleons in the Salton Sea? That was the story skeptical members heard twice Wednesday at the El Centro office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. BLM geologist Sean Hagerty said a man came in Wednesday morning saying he had found a teak rail off a Spanish galleon near Cane Springs, halfway between Westmorland and Salton City along Highway 86.

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