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Contest #472

October 28th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 comments

Contest #471: Greenwood District, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

In 1922, the Greenwood district was the site of the Tulsa Race Riot.

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1920’s Oklahoma was a tense place to be if you were not white, but the residents of the traditionally black Greenwood neighborhoods were prospering in spite of the institutional racism of the day. So prosperous was this district that it had obtained the nickname “Negro Wall Street”.

In May of 1922, a black shoeshine named Dick Rowland accidentally stepped on the foot of the white elevator operator Sarah Page. She screamed, he ran out the elevator in fear, and the story quickly spread that he had attempted to rape her. One of the local white-owned newspapers ran an editorial calling for the lynching of the young man. A group of black men assembled with weapons and headed to the courthouse to help protect him.

When the white mob that was assembling saw the black men with guns, they, of course, ran home and armed themselves. Before long, violence broke out, and the riot was in progress.

Over the course of the next 2 days the white residents of Tulsa systematically destroyed the businesses and homes of Greenwood. Using biplanes left over from WWI, they firebombed from the air while gangs rode around in trucks and fired guns into, then threw oil-soaked rags into buldings. The “Negro Wall Street” was reduced to ashes, and nearly 300 people died and 800 were wounded.

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After the fires were out, the city contrived measures to avoid any concentration of either wealth or population of black citizens, spreading enclaves throughout the outskirts of town.

I went to high school in Oklahoma in the mid 1970s. 50 years after the riot, it was only casually mentioned in my Oklahoma History class, and then the story given was very different than what is known now. The story was that Rowland had raped Page, and that the rioters were responding to roving bands of black thugs who were trying to start fires in the white neighborhoods. There was no mention of the destroyed prosperity of Greenwood

In 2001, the state of Oklahoma commissioned a report on the riot. The commission report included a variety of causes of the riot, but acknowledged that the city encouraged the mobs and participated in the destruction.

Today, Greenwood is the site of ONEOK field, a minor league ballpark (which, oddly enough, was what most of you found), and a museum dedicated to the district and the riots.

Greenwood Cultural Center

Race Riot Memorial

OneOK Field

Those who found themselves at the right spot (even if not many knew why):

  • Glenmorren
  • steve willis
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower
  • Eloy Cano
  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Max_Power

October 28th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #471 Hint

He stepped on her foot. Mayhem ensued.

October 26th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #471

#471

October 21st, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 9 comments

Contest #470 – Haewoojae Museum (Mr. Toilet House) , Suwon, South Korea

Sim Jaedeok was a very interesting individual. Born in an outhouse, he adopted a mission to promote sanitation throughout both Korea and the world as a whole. Upon the establishment of the World Toilet Association, with Mr. Sim as the chairman, he built this museum. He named it Haewoojae, a term used in temples to refer to restrooms (it means “a house to relieve one’s concerns”).

Mr Sim also served as the mayor of Suwon, a large city whose inhabitants includes the Samsung Electronics R&D center.

from ifihadaminutetospare blog

Those who found the crapper without help included:

  • hhgygy
  • Ben S
  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • Marisa Boraas
  • George, Esq
  • Mehtab
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Paul Voestermans
  • steven simmons
  • joe9000

And those who needed directions:

  • LawnBoy
  • Robin
  • Declan Moore
  • Tuxedo Jones
  • Glenmorren
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Ashwini Agrawal

And a hearty congratulations to Phil Ower, holder of the ONLY perfect 20 score this series!! This makes the first time since Andrew, Charley and Paul took over the contest that there has been a single winner of the series. Congrats Phil!!

October 21st, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #470 Hint

The owner was born in an outhouse and dedicated a large portion of his life to sanitation.

October 19th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 comments

Contest #470

470

October 14th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 14 comments

Contest #469: Segoothooth Butte in the middle of nowhere, northwest British Columbia, Canada

Contest #469 was an attempt to break up the logjam on top and it seems to have allowed one player, Phil Ower, to take a one point lead going into the final contest.

It was chosen when I came across the Google Earth artifact that at some zoom levels has a greyed out spot over what looks like a pool of neon green. As far as I can tell, there is no secret toxic dump, neon green mine or the like at this location.

If anyone can tell me why this artifact appears, I would greatly appreciate it.

Panoramio has no pictures from near this spot, but I did find this account of a trek from Telegraph Creek to Atlin: http://riverswithoutborders.org/blog/2014/06/a-long-walk-in-the-taku

Only one player found the location without the hint:

  • Phil Ower

While a few were aided by Nellie Cashman:

  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Ben S
  • George, Esq.
  • Glenmorren
  • Marisa Boraas
  • Garfield

October 14th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #469 Hint

The woman known as the Frontier Angel, the Saint of the Sourdoughs, the Miner’s Angel, the Angel of the Cassair and the Angel of Tombstone was in this here neck of the woods. But I’ll bet she didn’t see anything “greyed out”.

October 12th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 comments

Contest #469

469

October 7th, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 comments