Contest #620 – Iraka Apartment Complex, Usaquén, Bogota, Colombia

Approximate Location: 4.708972°, -74.027852°.

Not much to say about this one — it was chosen for the shape in Google Earth, not because of any particular significance of this particular housing block outside of Bogota.

Those who found it before the hint:

  • Rob de Wolff
  • Nancy Barbato
  • Eloy Cano
  • Walter_V_R
  • Garfield
  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Farceur
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Wista

And after the hint:

  • Yusef Yakub Hoca Fendi

This ends the circle series. Congrats to the winners of 611-620, Nancy Barbato, Lighthouse, Martin de Bock, and Phil Ower, all with perfect 20’s.

Contest #619: Church Street Electrical Substation, Jacksonville, Florida, USA

Approximate location: 30°19’59.71″ N 81°40’08.62″ W

Sorry, best picture I could come up with — electric companies like JEA are pretty tight-lipped about their infrastructure and they don’t post a lot of details or pictures — this is one of the reasons this was a pretty hard one.

This is an electric substation, used to change voltages in an electric grid, in this case, since it is in the middle of a city, probably from either a transmission grade line (200KV and above) to a distribution grade (less than 200KV) voltage or from one distribution grade to a smaller one. Then, smaller transformers near the houses/businesses step it down further, in this case to the US standard of around 120KV at 60hz.

As many of you know, my day job is in the electrical generation and transmission industry. While I don’t work in substation construction or engineering, I know folks who do, and I asked them about this. None of them had ever heard of a round (or oval) substation before. Subsequently, I’ve been told this isn’t the only one out there, but it is quite rare.

As to Garfield’s question about why I didn’t use the other one (the oval one), until Phil Ower pointed it out, I hadn’t seen it.

Those who found it before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Walter_V_R
  • hhgygy
  • Nancy Barbato

and after:

  • Rob de Wolff
  • Farceur
  • Wista
  • Garfield
  • David Kozina

Contest #618: Arcadia Round Barn, Arcadia, Oklahoma, USA

Approximate location: 35°39’44.79″ N 97°19’32.89″ W

Arcadia Round Barn in Fall.JPG
By Robby Robinette

For a major portion of the automotive history of the US, Route 66, also known as the “Mother Road” was an important route for midwesterners moving to or visiting California. The highway was the major path from Chicago to Los Angeles. It passed through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. In each of those states, people living along the highway would take advantage of the throngs of people going through, putting up “tourist traps” and kitschy stops along the way for the weary travellers to pause and spend some money.

In central Oklahoma, the owners of this round barn opened up a souvenir store and restaurant along the highway.

Built around the turn of the 1900s, William Odor used the technique of wetting green wood and forcing it into curves.

The players who found this place where:

  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Farceur
  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Nancy Barbato
  • Walter_V_R

And after the hint

  • Ashwini Agrawal