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    Cyburbian Emeritus Bear Up North's avatar
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    Guess the City 249: No Picture Edition 11

    As the ringing in my ears subsides, caused by too many fireworks displays, this Bear proudly presents another Guess The City, No Picture Provided. This is Number 11 in the series.

    I am a city with a state university located in it. Somebody who carried a big stick was born here. I had a long history of providing easy divorces.

    A colorful river separates me from a small city. That river sometimes floods. Another type of disaster destroyed most of my buildings many moons ago.

    When I was plotted it was a secret. But my penchant to be recognized by Hollywood is no secret.

    What city am I ?????

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    Quote Originally posted by Bear Up North
    Somebody who carried a big stick was born here.

    A colorful river separates me from a small city. That river sometimes floods.

    Another type of disaster destroyed most of my buildings many moons ago.
    Bear
    Hint #1 - "big stick" are you refering to a baseball bat or golf club ?
    Hint #2 - "colorful river" is that a translation ?
    Hint #3 - are you refering to a natural or economic disaster ?

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    Washington DC?

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    Is it Reno, Nevada? I'll keep searching tomorrow if no one guesses right.

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    The only "big stick" people I can think of are Teddy Roosevelt (but born in NYC) or Buford Pusser (born in a tiny TN town).

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    OK, Here's A Smattering Of Hints

    Here are some hints. No correct answers as of July 4, 6:30 PM, EDT......

    JNA is on the right track with the question referencing the "big stick".

    This city is relatively famous for having very little crime.

    Wear gloves.

    Bear

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    24 Hours Without A Guess

    It has been 24 hours - PLUS.....since the last guess. Guess I have to throw some major hints in the fire.....

    The "wear gloves" hint means "this place is frickin' cold in the Winter".

    Some "yankees" were very pleased with the resident with the "big stick".

    The big floods are common. The "big disaster" was a major fire that destroyed most of the young city.

    This city was plotted in secret because of land speculators. Can you say, "railroad"?

    If no correct guess within 24-hours (13.576 hours in certain time zones in Indiana) the answer will be announced. That's about as far as I can go.

    Bear

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    No more guessing, it is Fargo, Nd.. Bear will explain it all to ya.

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    Last edited by ICT/316; 06 Jul 2005 at 1:21 AM.

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    I am confused here. "Fargo" was the Hollywood hit. But the great flood and subsequent fire occurred in Grand Forks.
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    Quote Originally posted by Bear Up North
    What city am I ?????Bear
    Brainerd, MN?

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    Chicago, IL??

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    (Fire happend same night as the Great Chicago Fire)
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    Somebody who carried a big stick was born here. - Paul Bunyan
    from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Bunyan

    Statues of both Bunyan and Babe exist in Bemidji, Minnesota, Del Norte County, California, and in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Statues of Bunyan exist in Bangor, Maine; Ossineke, Michigan; Brainerd, Minnesota; Portland, Oregon and Shelton, Washington. There is a group called the Mystic Knights of the Blue Ox in Bayfield, Wisconsin.

    Paul Bunyan has at least four towns vying for being considered his home: the above mentioned Bemidji, Brainerd, and Shelton; and Westwood, California.

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    It Is Fargo !!!

    Congratulations to ICT/316 for correctly guessing Fargo, ND, in this latest GTCNPP edition. Have a drink on Bear.....

    The most obvious hint was the last sentence in my last hint post....."That's about as far as I can go".


    About the hints and the history.....

    The Northern Pacific Railroad was looking for a crossing of the Red River. During this time the surveyors and others deliberately mislead land speculators to a potential crossing site north of present-day Fargo / Moorhead.

    Many years before a "Vegas Divorce" became popular, Fargo was the place that folks went to un-hitch themselves. Supposedly it was quick and easy.

    The colorful river, of course, is The Red River Of The North. The Indians told railroad surveyors that almost every Spring the floods would create a "lake". There have been at least seven (7) major Fargo floods. (The big flood of a few years ago that hit Grand Forks did minimal damage in Fargo.)

    On June 7, 1893, a major fire destroyed Fargo's City Hall, most of the business district, and almost all of the city's homes.

    Most of you have probably seen the movie, "Fargo". Almost all of the movie is about the Brainerd, MN, area.....which is quite far from Fargo. The award-winning movie is a classic study in pregnant law enforcement technique, northern European influence on upper lakes' residents' dialects, and the correct way to use a wood chipper.

    The "big stick" hint? Baseball home run slugger Roger Maris is from Fargo.

    Thanx for playing !!!

    Bear

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