September 24 - 1967: Bike trails opened on Cape Cod

1998: Bill Koch counts his coins and weeps
Koch's contested coins

1967: Cape Cod National Seashore Park bike trails open

On this day in 1967, three bike trails were opened on the Cape Cod National Seashore: the Province Lands Bicycle Trail in Provincetown, the Pilgrim Heights Bicycle Trail in Truro and Nauset Marsh Trail in Eastham. 

According to the Cape Cod National Seashore website, the Province Lands Bicycle Trail was the first bike trail designed and built in a national park.

An article in a newspaper from the year began:

The first three bicycle trails in a network of such trails that will eventually crisscross Cape Cod National Seashore were dedicated last week by Dr. Paul Dudley White, the heart specialist who treated President Eisenhower and an ardent proponent of bicycling. The new trails were designed and constructed by the National Park Service. 

Read the rest of the story in the clipping on right.

1998: "The Case of the Contested Coins; A Modern-Day Battle Over Ancient Objects"

This case suggests that those who fail to take heed when buying antiquities may regret it

Today in 1998 Osterville's billionaire yachtsman Bill Koch was being sued by the Turkish Government.

An article in that day's New York Times began: 

William I. Koch once dreamed about owning an ancient coin collection so magnificent it might be called the hoard of the century. Now he does and he can't stand it...

A decade ago, Connoisseur magazine reported that treasure hunters near the village of Elmali in southern Turkey had unearthed a trove of ancient coins that included the rarest and most valuable Greek coins ever found. The coins, it said, were smuggled out of Turkey and sold to Mr. Koch (pronounced coke) and two partners.

Now, a long-running lawsuit filed by Turkey against Mr. Koch and his associates in the coin venture is about to go to trial. Those who fail to take heed when buying antiquities, this case suggests, may regret it. 

Read the rest of this New York Times article here.


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