How well do you know Mansfield? Ready to put on your sleuthing shoes and find out? Challenge yourself with the News-Mirror’s third annual Scavenger Hunt!
Here’s how it works: Cut out or print out (if you’re reading this online) a copy of this article. Hunt down all of the answers, fill in the blanks, then return your completed paper to the Mansfield Public Library, 104 S. Wisteria St. Everyone who turns in a completed paper with the correct answers will win a prize, courtesy of the Friends of the Libary! No age limits, and you can work together as a family or with your friends. If you want a prize, you’ll need to each turn in a paper.
This adventure will get you and your kids out of the house, and you might even learn something about your hometown!
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1. What time does it show on the old train clock at the Mansfield Historical Museum, 102 N. Main St? ____________
2. McClendon Park East and McClendon Park West are named after a former Mansfield city councilman. What is his full name? (Hint: It’s on a plaque at both parks, 740 W. Kimball St. and 799 W. Broad St.) _________________
3. The Mansfield High School girls basketball team won the state championship four years in a row. What years did they win? (Hint: Check the water tower near St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1218 E. Debbie Lane.) __________________
4. What is the population of Mansfield, according to the city limits signs? (Hint: There are signs at the city limits on East Debbie Lane and on West Broad Street.) ____________
5. How many big landscape stones are there in front of the Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse? There are stones lining the drive and more in a sculpture in front. Count them all. _________
6. At the back of Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Road, there is a friend of bluebonnets set aside by the parks department. Besides the bluebonnets, there are five other wildflowers listed on the sign in the bluebonnet area. What are they? _________________________________________________
7. At the Mansfield school district’s administration building, built in 1924 at 605 E. Broad St., the names of the school board and superintendent are engraved in cement on the front of the building. Who was the superintendent? ___________________________
8. In the first block of North Main Street, the sidewalks are lined with bricks, many of them dedicated to local people, businesses and groups. In front of the Cellar on Main Street, there are two stones dedicated to pets. What kind of animal were they? _______________
9. On the Walnut Creek Linear Trail, you walk across a historic railroad bridge that was brought in just for this trail. What is the name of the bridge? (Hint: The bridge is a short walk east of Walnut Creek Drive on the linear trail.) ____________________
10. At City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St., there is a Wall of Honor dedicated to Mansfield residents who have served the city. One of the oldest photos on the wall is of Charles Hubbard Harrison. What position did he hold with the city? ___________________
11. Who built the gristmill at corner of Broad and Main streets that became the foundation of Mansfield? What year was the mill built? (Hint: The mill is gone, but there’s a historical marker that can help.) ____________ ________________
12. Head to the Mansfield Public Library, 104 S. Wisteria St., and find the book on the fireplace mantel. What color is the book? ______________
Got ‘em all? Turn in your finished paper at the front desk and pick out your prize! Thanks for playing!