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Mystery courthouse photos identified; thanks for your letters!
by Linda Waggener
As winter came to a close, we ran two courthouse photographs and challenged readers to locate the photographer. The questions brought many guesses and it was wonderful to have readers join in the puzzle. Some of the comments are shared below, along with the exact location and links back to the photos for a second look at each one:
The rooftop view of the courthouse, click here to see it again, brought these comments:
"...I think the courthouse picture was taken from an air view from the corner of jamestown st and Lowes Lane..." - Anita
"...I think the courthouse was photographed from the Columbia Cemetery or from the end of Wall Street..." - Laura
"...It looks from the angle of the pictures to be a slight zoom shot from the J. L. Turner building on LWC's campus. If not, it is still a good view from there from November through March. Everyone I talk to loves your site for the articles and how you all keep it so up to date. My uncle is Kenneth Scott..." - Jeff
Jeff is right on it. There is one spot at Lindsey, standing on the crest of the hill on the sidewalk near the Begley Chapel where you get this great view of downtown. If you are looking towards town across the roof of the Turner Building, this view can be enjoyed without ever having to climb a tree (as one reader suggested, 'the photographer was up a tree on Lindsey Hill...').
The second photo
The second mystery photo of the courthouse was taken from a lower vantage point,. click here to visit it again, we can call a birds-eye view of the courthouse. Here are a few comments from readers, followed by the actual location of the photographer:
"...I'm guessing the view is approximately from Jessie Aaron's yard or Butch Rogers's property. I have no idea what the strange thing in the upper right corner might be..." - Ann
"...Was the photo taken on the grounds of the Dairy Dip?...". - Jennifer
"...Looks like it is in the Jessie Aaron neighborhood and structure is probably a bird feeder. - Joe
"...I give. We have looked for your position where you took the picture of the courthouse. We know that you were on the quadrant between Jamestown hill and Burkesville St. because you can see that side of courthouse. And you also can see a portion of the Annex building. We can't figure out what the object in upper right corner is nor the black roof about half way up hill in picture. I refuse to ride around town holding a copy of the picture just to solve this puzzle. I usually don't give up and am stubborn enough to keep working on any puzzle but this time I give up..." -Fay
"...we know you are across Jamestown Street from the Trabue House, and near enough that you can see the work going on at the Courthouse...we can see the blue painter's truck at the door..." - Billy
This photo was actually made on Jamestown Street in the back yard of the next house down the the hill from the Aaron and Rogers homes (the gray rock house belonging at the time to Clara Bass, which just sold). The balcony-looking thing in the top right corner of the photo, which had some guessing it was made from the apartments across the street, was as Joe guessed, actually a bird feeder.
We invite reader communications. Send us notes and ideas anytime through the "submit-a-story" link in the site menu box. And thanks so much for your letters and comments!
This story was posted on 2006-03-24 05:52:54
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