Monthly Archives: October 2012

Solution to the October Puzzler

Here it is – what you’ve all been waiting for!

The solution to this month’s Puzzler. But first I want to thank everyone who sent in their answers, and indeed, some of the answers were pretty wild guesses.  

Enough delay – the correct answers appear below in red.

Question #1: Whose ashes were scattered from the foot bridge behind the Museum of Science and Industry that leads to the Wooded Island, famous during the 1893 World’s Fair?

a. Harry Houdini b. Clarence Darrow c. Frank Lloyd Wright d. Shoeless Joe  Jackson e. Jane Addams

Question #2: Which of the answers below was true of William B. Ogden?

a. Ogden, Utah was a named after him. b. Ogden was the first Mayor of Chicago.

c. Ogden was President of the Union Pacific Railroad when the Golden Spike was driven in Ogden, Utah, connecting the eastward- and westward-bound Railways.

d. His brother’s mansion burned in the Chicago Fire. e. William Ogden was buried in a vat of wine.

Question #3: What is Chicago’s official motto?

a. City in a Garden  b. I Will  c. Windy City  d. Urbs in Horto  e. Waddjoo jus’ say t’me?

There you have it. Now aren’t you sorry you didn’t enter? Don’t let this happen again.

Another Puzzler will be coming your way soon.

Larry


The October 2012 Puzzler

 Time for the October Puzzler! This time it’s multiple choice, so all you folks who did good on tests, y’all will love this challenge.

 Sometimes there is more than one correct answer, so give it a shot. Let’s go! 

1. Whose ashes were scattered from the foot bridge behind the Museum of Science and Industry that leads to the Wooded Island famous during the 1893 World’s Fair?

a. Harry Houdini  b. Clarence Darrow  c. Frank Lloyd Wright  d. Shoeless Joe Jackson  e. Jane Addams

2. Which of the answers below was true of William B. Ogden?

a. Ogden, Utah was named after him.  b. Ogden was the first mayor of Chicago.

c. Ogden was President of the Union Pacific Railroad when the Golden Spike was driven in Ogden, Utah, connecting eastward and westward bound railways.

d. His brother’s mansion burned in the Chicago Fire.  e. William Ogden was buried in a vat of wine.

3. What is Chicago’s official motto?

a. City in a Garden  b. I Will!  c. Windy City  d. Urbs in Horto  e. Waddjoo jus’ say t’me?!

Send in your answers or swags (superficial wildass guesses). Put them in a “Comment” and I’ll divulge the solution in a couple of weeks!

Good Luck, y’all.

Larry


Solution to the September Puzzler

The September Puzzler was:

 “This scene took place in 1857 at the northeast corner of Randolph and Wells Streets in Chicago.  (see the previous post above)

What was going on there? And why?” 

Among the entries were some very imaginative offerings. Thank you all for your contributions!

So now I give you the text-book solution:

Chicago was built on a swamp. The terrific pace of  development and population growth had generated a massive amount of filth, and the Chicago River became a convenient dumping destination. Pollution became a major problem, with the poor drainage of the slow river and the back-up waters from the surrounding marsh exacerbating the conditions. The downtown area, centered on the swampy land, was literally stuck in the mud. Achieving the goal of freeing the city mired in muddy streets and walkways once and for all begged for a bold and imaginative decision. George Pullman, later of sleeping car fame, was contracted to come up with such a plan and he did. He proposed to “jack-up” the city.

So, what’s happening in the picture is the raising of the Briggs House Hotel in 1857 to a position higher than the Chicago River. The project was part of an effort throughout downtown that included raising the buildings and placing a bridge-like structure beneath them and their streets and sidewalks. The caption with the picture reads, “The men under the building are working in complete harmony to turn jacks and keep the building intact.” Remarkably, employees and residents continued working and living in the buildings throughout the project. And some hotel guests even slept through the work itself!

Now, as you walk in the Loop, most of your route will take place as high as 20 feet above actual ground level.