Urban Mystery Picture #5

This is crazy. After two early easy wins by two residents of the Holston Building, I decided to make things more difficult and went for a more artsy shot. It only took until around 9:00 AM for a winner in that third contest. For the fourth one my friend Shaft cropped it down to a few toes and a clump of cement, so I knew that had to be more difficult, right? Here’s last week’s mystery picture:

After a mere forty minutes online this week’s winner made a correct identification. This would be downright embarrassing to any self-respecting Urban Guy. At 12:40 the comment was posted saying, “The foot of the soldier statue at the corner of Gay & Church – in front of the old Courthouse.” This is correct. It is the Spanish War Veteran’s Monument in front of the Old Courthouse.

Buddy Ray – Week Four Urban Mystery Picture Winner

Congratulations go out to Buddy Ray who breaks new ground for the winners, not just in speed, but also in being the first winner from North Knoxville. Of course, Buddy Ray grew up coming to downtown Knoxville and remembers when Market Square was Market Square Mall complete with the mushroom umbrellas (look it up in Jack Neely’s book: Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth).

So, now the gloves come off. No more playing around children, this is the real thing. I think we can take this baby seven days with the surprise answer revealed next week. Do you really think you can handle it? OK, the rules are the same. You have to be the first person to correctly identify the picture in a comment below AND you have to e-mail me at KnoxvilleUrbanGuy@gmail.com. Good luck!

Urban Mystery Picture #5

Urban Mystery Picture #4

Well, it’s that time again. Once more I’m forced to acknowledge that you guys are very good at this. The Urban Mystery Pictures haven’t remained a mystery for more than a few hours each week. This time, maybe we’ve made it a little harder.

First, last week’s picture:

First Tennessee Plaza, Gay Street, Knoxville

Melissa Carr was the first to officially identify the location of the picture as the “First Tennessee Building on Gay Street.” Of course, officially, it is the First Tennessee Plaza. Melissa is reveling in her new status as the first female winner of the contest, though she’s willing to share a little glory with her husband, Scott, as he gave an assist in her climb to glory. She’s also proud to be the first westerners to win. I took that to mean west Knoxville, but judging by the UCLA shirt Scott is wearing, maybe they really mean west. Their picture is posted below with a little twist on our theme: He has the hat and she has the glasses. Pretty sweet.

Scott and Melissa: Urban Mystery Picture #3 Winner

An honorable mention goes out this week to Buddy Ray who gave a correct answer via e-mail, but had a malfunction on the comment portion of the task. I think he’s got it together now, so we may hear from him, yet. This also broke the Holston domination. Can they make a comeback this week? Shaft (AKA my friend Kevin) got the cropping apparatus fired up this week and made this a serious challenge for week four.

I’m posting the picture below. Remember, to win you have to be the first to leave the correct answer on the comment section below AND e-mail me at knoxvilleurbanguy@gmail.com. Good luck, everyone.

Urban Mystery Picture #4

Urban Mystery Picture #3

Well, for two weeks in a row the Urban Mystery Picture has been identified within hours of its posting. Will that be the case for a third week in a row? After this group of pictures runs its course we may have to ratchet up the difficulty level to make things a little more interesting.

So, on to the winner and to this week’s challenge. First, here are last week’s pictures. There were two of the same location:


Congratulations goes out to Chad Boetger who correctly identified the location as “The Tattoo parlor on Clinch in the Union Avenue Parking Garage.” He recognized it because he had a hand in its development and construction. Of course, the garage in question is technically named the Locust Street Garage. The business outside which these lovely chairs often perch is the Ace High Tattoo Parlor at 535 W. Clinch.



Chad Boetger, Week Two Winner

 Chad also made an interesting point, which actually sounded like more of a challenge. Both he and David, the winner of the inaugural Urban Mystery Picture contest live in the Holston Building. He wondered if, in fact, there might not be a Holston Building Dynasty in the works. Are the rest of you going to stand for that?

Here’s your chance to stop the Holston Express. Remember, leave your guess in the comments below and e-mail me at KnoxvilleUrbanGuy@gmail.com. Good luck. Here’s this week’s Urban Mystery Picture:
Urban Mystery Picture #3