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