Contest #723: the Great Zimbabwe ruins, southeast of Masvingo, Zimbabwe

This week we went down to Zimbabwe to visit the Great Zimbabwe ruins

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This place is actually the genesis of the country’s name. Dzimba-dza-mabwe, means “Stone Houses” in the indigenous Shona people’s language.

The site was a central governing and trade location from about 1200 to about 1500 CE.

Those who found the site before the hint:

  • Eloy Cano
  • hhgygy
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Lighthouse

And after the hint:

  • Declan
  • Graham Hedley

Contest #722: the TANK Centre for the Sonic Arts, Rangely, CO, US

This week was a visit to western Colorado in the US and, to be more specific, the Tank Centre for the Sonic Arts in Rangely.

Constructed around 1940 as a railroad water-treatment facility, this seven-story Corten steel water tank was moved to Rangely in the mid-1960s for use as part of a fire-suppression system for the local utility company. The plan was never realized, though, as the underlying shale proved unable to support the weight of the filled tank. So it remained empty. However, the bed of gravel upon which the tank was placed bowed its floor into a gentle parabola, giving it an extraordinary internal acoustical resonance.

https://tanksounds.org/the-tank/ has all the details on why there is a Sonic Centre in a huge tank.

A short film made in the Tank

Those who found the tank:

  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano

And after the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • David Kozina
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Graham Hedley
  • hhgygy

Contest #721, the Revelstoke Railway Museum, Revelstoke, BC, Canada

This week’s destination was the Revelstoke Railway Museum, located in the town of Revelstoke, BC in Canada. Revelstoke is located just west of the Selkirk Mountains near Rogers Pass and is an important location on the Canadian Pacific Railway route across Canada.

The museum was set up to tell the story of the CPR in this part of Canada and show off some of the rolling stock that that CPR has used over the years. Among them is CP 5468, a 2-8-2 Mikado steam locomotive. The museum’s main building is practically built around this locomotive, with lots of room around it for viewing plus a second level “balcony” so you can see it from any angle. CP 5468 was built in 1948 by the Montreal Locomotive Works (MLW). The locomotive weighs 124 tons (without tender). This beast is 89′ long and is 15′ 6″ high at the smokestack.

Revelstoke is a change of crew location, with train personnel boarding trains going west to Kamloops and east to Field, BC.

Found before the hint:

  • Phil Ower
  • Eloy Cano
  • Martin de Bock
  • Robert
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Joel
  • Graham Hedley
  • Lighthouse
  • Glenmorren

And after the hint:

  • Robin
  • Lawnboy
  • Luis Filipe Miguel
  • ashwini agrawal