Located near the craggy seaside cliffs of Trinidad, Calif., Patrick’s Point State Park is known for its coastal scenery, winding trails shrouded in spruce trees, the rocky tide pools that inspired a Nickelodeon cartoon and sandy shores dotted with agate. But a recent press release shared by California State Parks describes how the name of this serene oasis in Humboldt County traces back to Irish homesteader Patrick Beegan who allegedly claimed the land in the mid-1800s and was accused of murdering numerous Native Americans who originally lived there.
Distraught, the young woman called the Ring Finders, a service that pairs people with professional metal detectorists around the world. Marshall Smith, San Francisco’s go-to ring finder, answered her call and met her at the beach at 9 a.m. the next morning. Chances of recovering it seemed slim at first, but he began combing the beach with his detector carefully.
Suddenly, Smith picked up a strong signal in the wet sand. A bottle cap? No, something shinier … bingo.