You’ve slept until noon, played Minecraft until your fingers ached, considered cleaning your room and now you’re bored. Don’t waste your spring break! Re-ignite your brain cells with our Finding Mansfield scavenger hunt. You could take home a prize, courtesy of the Friends of the Mansfield Public Library, and maybe learn something new about your community.
Here’s what you do: Track down the answers to these clues (you’re going to have to get off the couch for this one!). Then fill out the blanks, tear out this page and turn it in at the Mansfield Public Library, 104 S. Wisteria St.
Here’s the rules: Participants need to be age 18 and younger and turn in this page at the library before it closes at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15. At least one of the places you will need to find will be closed on Saturday, so try to get that one by Friday.
On your mark, get set, go!
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1. Finding the founders
These are the two gentlemen who married sisters and are credited with building a mill at the corner of Main and Broad streets in 1856. The community named the city after both of them. Find portraits of them at City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St. Once you track them down, get the nice lady at the main desk to sign here. __________________
2. Fire power
Hard to believe, but Mansfield once felt the effects of war, the Civil War. Proof was discovered in the Red Bluffs along Walnut Creek several years ago when someone found a shell from the biggest gun used in the War Between the States. Do you know what it is? See if you can find it in the Mansfield Historical Museum & Heritage Center, 102 N. Main St. Once you find it, ask the museum director to sign here. __________________________
3. Making tracks
What is believed to be the oldest trestle bridge in use in Tarrant County (built in 1906) is located in Mansfield, just off Main Street. See if you can find it, then write down the name of the street where it is located. ___________________
4. Colorful characters
In the past year, the historic downtown has gotten a lot more colorful with fun and funky paintings on many of the buildings, sidewalks, light poles, even an electrical box, on or near Main Street. Find three of the 30 paintings, or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, find all 30. Write down three. __________________ __________________ ______________________
5. For the birds
The city recently opened the Oliver Nature Center, trails winding through 80 acres at 1650 Matlock Road. There’s no softball fields, playground or basketball hoops, just a chance to wander down paths that are on an undeveloped, natural area. The park does have bird blinds, wooden structures that look like sideways fences. How many bird blinds are in the park? __________
6. Tracking the tiger
School is out this week in the Mansfield school district, but you need to find the original Mansfield High School for the next answer. Find the Tiger mascot set into the building, then count the number of stair steps under the Tiger. ____________
7. Getting dramatic
Long before Cinemark opened, this theater showed Saturday matinees and evening shows. This historic downtown theater, opened in 1917, and was named after the man who opened it. It’s been a church, hosted plays and now welcomes live music, but it again boasts the name of the original owners. What is the name of the theater and what is its address? _________________________
8. Hitting the books
In 1959, this Mansfield resident disguised himself as a black person and traveled through Louisiana and Mississippi, then wrote a book about his experiences. The book became a best-seller that has sold more than 10 million books and been translated into 14 languages. In 2011, the Mansfield Public Library was named a Literary Landmark in honor of this author and his ground-breaking book. What is the author’s name and what is the name of his book? Find the answer on the official plaque on the front of the Mansfield Public Library, 104 S. Wisteria St. ____________________ ____________________________________