Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Friday, July 10th, 2009

  • If there was a trick to this week's Mystery Photo, it was that the buildings were not authentic. Rather, this is the Western Town at Paramount Ranch in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

    Originally built by the Paramount Movie Studios, the Paramount Ranch Western Town is now owned and operated by the National Park Service.

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

  • It's definitely not 21st Century architecture, but then, the National Park System is home to a wide array of architectural styles. Can you identify this location?

    There are some obvious flavors to this setting. But the trick is not just identifying the period, but correctly naming the spot in the National Park System where you can find these buildings.

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

  • 1. True or false? Glacier National Park is smaller than Waterton Lakes National Park, the Canadian park with which it is paired to form the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park.

    2. True or false? Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve are all at least partly located in the same county.

    3. True or false?

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

  • He was known, quite appropriately, as the "hanging judge." During his 21 years at Fort Smith, Judge Isaac C. Parker sent 160 men to the gallows, a replica of which this latest Mystery Photo depicts.

    Judge Parker ruled from the bench of the U.S. Court for the Western District of Arkansas.

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

  • National parks weren't created only to protect spectacular scenery. Many cultural and historic treasures are protected by the National Park System. Which brings us to this week's Mystery Photo.

    What sort of structure might this be? What was it created for? Is it still used these days? And where is it located?

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