Exploring Padre Island is an encounter with mystery. Only bits of its past are known. Early in the nineteenth century, Padre Nicolas Balli lived here and gave Padre its name. Relics of tenth century Vikings have been discovered here. Tales of buried treasure are legion. John Singer, brother of the sewing machine manufacturer, raised cattle here in 1847. One day, he uncovered a treasure chest containing $80,000-worth of gold and jewelry. Other treasures have been found down through the years: Spanish doubloons, a can containing three hundred dollars in old coins, and even an old casket full of jewels washed up on the beach.