Contest #625: Ovnipuerto Cachi, northwest Argentina

In 2008, Werner Jaisal received a message from the captain of a UFO asking him to build a UFO landing pad with the words “If you build it, they will come.” Not quite the same as the famous saying from the book/movie Field of Dreams which is “If you build it, I will come,” but enough about baseball…

Following the plans given to him, Werner Jaisal built Ovnipuerto Cachi with piles of rocks into the pattern we now see.

Found, perhaps with the help of aliens:

  • hhgygy
  • Lighthouse
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Eloy Cano
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Andreas Meister
  • Jean Noyau

No-one got it after the hint.

Contest #624: the Trans Alaska Pipeline and Dalton Highway near Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, US

The Trans Alaska Pipeline runs over 1200 km south from Prudhoe Bay all the way to Valdez, Alaska. The Dalton Highway goes about 666 km to near Fairbanks.

They criss and cross each other and cross numerous rivers on the way, reaching an altitude of 1444 metres at Atigun Pass in the Brooks Range.

By 2010, the pipeline had shipped over 16 billion barrels of oil south. However, at this time it only transports a fraction of the maximum of about 2 million barrels of oil per day.

Found before the hint:

  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Walter_V_R
  • Martin de Bock
  • Jean Noyau

After the hint:

  • David Kozina
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Wista

Contest #623: Malleco Viaduct, central Chile

The Malleco Viaduct in central Chile passes across the Malleco Valley, and when opened in 1890 was the highest railway bridge in the world.

Some claim it was designed by Gustavo Eiffel, designer of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But he just proposed a design that was rejected in favour of a design by Aurelio Lastarria.

Found before the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Rob de Wolff
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Jean Noyau
  • Andreas Meister

After the hint:

  • Waltewr_V_R

Contest #622: the Brooks Aqueduct, Brooks, Alberta, Canada

Built in 1914, the Brooks Aqueduct was to irrigate a large section of land near Brooks, Alberta. It was the largest concrete structure in existence at the time and crossed a lowland area. The Canadian Pacific Railway passed through the area and the Aqueduct passed under the railway with an inverted siphon.

The siphon is an inverted reinforced steel concrete pipe that operates on the Venturi Principle. It was built to a depth of 40 feet underneath the tracks and narrows in the middle to increase the pressure on the water passing through.

The Aqueduct

And the siphon

Found before the hint:

  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • Eloy Cano
  • Jean Noyau
  • hhgygy
  • Walter_V_R

After the hint:

  • Martin de Bock
  • Paul Voestermans

Contest #621: Skeleton Man Walking Skeleton Dinosaur, near Murdo, South Dakota, US

**** LATE POST OF THE REVEAL (Sorry folks, blame Paul, not Andrew) — LOOK FOR #622 BELOW THIS POST!!! ****

Approximate Location: 43°53’13″ N 101°07’54″ W

Skeleton Man Walking Skeleton Dinosaur

Driving along Interstate 90 in the middle of South Dakota, US is an interesting art installation. A man walking his dinosaur!

Designed and constructed by Clarence Hullinger, it’s just outside 1880’s Town near Murdo. Not that humankind and the dinosaurs existed in the same epoch, it’s just a cool piece of art in the middle of nowhere!

Found without digging:

  • Walter_V_R
  • Eloy Cano
  • hhgygy
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Martin de Bock
  • Jean Noyau
  • Nancy Barbato Sinatra
  • David Kozina
  • Paul Voestermans

With help from the hint :

  • Rob de Wolff

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

Contest #617: The Donut Hole, La Puente, California, USA

The Donut Hole is La Puente, just east of Los Angeles is still in operation serving donuts to drivers.

This location has been serving donuts since 1968, and while the company went out of business in 1979, it remains.

Finding the hole before the hint:

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

After the hint:

  • Gillian B
  • Walter_V_R
  • HILDE LAMBIER
  • YUSUF YAKUB HOCA EFENDI

Contest #616 – Bus Terminal #7 (abandoned), Kiev, Ukraine

Approximate coordinates: 50°25’37.89″ N 30°41’14.16″ E

Completed in 1973, The Circus, as locals refer to Kiev Bus Terminal #7, bustled with activity. It was a central hub for all the bus routes passing through Kiev, local, domestic to the Soviet Union, and International.

In 1986, when the Soviet government found it needed buses for the mass evacuation of Pipyat, most of those buses came from #7. Many of those buses did not return, being left in the exclusion zone as too contaminated.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the financial crises that Ukraine suffered proved to be the Circus’ downfall. The station stopped serving international and domestic travel, and then, in 2015, the Kiev government found that it was would cost too much to keep the building open.

There have been a couple of shots of publicity the Circus has had recently. In 2018, the KPOP boy band NCT-U released a video for their hit “Boss” which was filmed to a great extent in the Circus. A CNN article (from which much of this has been paraphrased) was published just last week.

And yet, the building is still crumbling.

Those who found it (all before the hint) were:

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