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Sleuths comb city in hunt for history

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By The Staff

Hawkins finds token in Sunset Park; second round begins today

TELL CITY - The first round of a historical treasure hunt sponsored by the Tell City Sesquicentennial Committee drew plenty of interest last week and Mark Laflin, a member of the committee and coordinator of the project, hopes a second prize hidden this week will do the same.

"My phone started ringing as soon as the paper hit the streets and it kept ringing," said Laflin, who has been pleased with the interest the clues published in last week's News generated. Kim Hawkins of Tell City found the wooden token under a memorial stone in Sunset Park. The former Moraweck Hotel, whose owner died when the Titanic sunk in 1912, was referenced in one of the clues, as were the two lions that now grace City Hall Park.

They originally faced the river.

Hawkins won a Citizen watch valued at $200 from Roland's Jewelry in Tell City.

Several people hunted for the first token in City Hall Park, Mayor Barbara Ewing said.

"I left the office once and saw seven or eight people walking through the area, obviously looking for something," she said.

Clues for this week's second round of the treasure hunt are more difficult, Laflin warns, and if no one finds the token right away, three more clues will be published in next Thursday's edition.

Here are the clues for this week's treasure hunt:

• The street near which the token is located was named after a famous 17th century artist who died May 30, 1640.

• You do not have to look under rocks or climb trees to find the token. This time the token is within eyesight. It can be seen, but not easily.

• Theodore Kiefer was Tell City's mayor three times. Only his last term means anything for finding the token.

Answers to clues can be found at the Tell City-Perry County Public Library, Historical Society Museum or by talking to local seniors.

The person who finds the token will receive a $75 gift card from Urban Imports in Tell City and a beer stein and coaster set valued at $50 contributed by the sesquicentennial committee.

The lucky sleuth who finds the specially marked wooden token should call Laflin at 548-0778.