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    Guess the City, Historic Mystery Edition



    Found this at a book sale. Unlabeled photo. I do not actually know the answer. For what's its worth this was found in Des Moines, Iowa.

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    The photo post is not too clear. Is there any identifying info in the photo? Street names? Store front names?
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    http://www.cyburbia.org/gallery/show...n02161/cat/500

    You can see a larger image in the gallery.

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    My best guess is some small town in Indiana or Ohio.

    Seems to remind me a lot of this place for some reason,
    https://www.google.com/maps/@41.6348...8cmhWdsJMQ!2e0

    or Sandusky OH
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    Hmmm

    Four season climate....trees in background have no leaves......street runs east-west with north to the right......guy has a overcoat on.....shadow consistent with a morning sun.......Obelisk in the middle of the street.....small dome in background.......I've GOT IT!!!

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    DetroitPlanner is probably correct.

    At the rear of the photo you can see trees and even perhaps the side facade of a large house. It suggests that this urban block quickly peters out into a residential neighborhood. So a medium-size town somewhere in the midwest. And there's thousands of them!

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    My best guess is some small town in Indiana or Ohio.

    Seems to remind me a lot of this place for some reason,
    https://www.google.com/maps/@41.6348...8cmhWdsJMQ!2e0

    or Sandusky OH
    Sort of. But doesn't seem quite right.

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    Portsmouth, Virginia?

    https://www.google.com/maps/@36.8352...Sg!2e0!6m1!1e1


    Sorry about that ridiculous URL, but I don't know how to upload a screen shot. Its "approximate address" is 401-427 High Street.

    The obelisk is a monument to confederate dead.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confede...h,_Virginia%29

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    Quote Originally posted by badokujaa View post
    Portsmouth, Virginia?

    https://www.google.com/maps/@36.8352...Sg!2e0!6m1!1e1


    Sorry about that ridiculous URL, but I don't know how to upload a screen shot. Its "approximate address" is 401-427 High Street.

    The obelisk is a monument to confederate dead.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confede...h,_Virginia%29
    I think we may have a winner. I was just assuming it was in the midwest since I found it in Des Moines. I was actually looking up random Iowa towns the other day looking for a match.

    Since the photo was so small I couldn't read anything to do a Google search, so I thought maybe some cyburbian would recognize it.

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    Quote Originally posted by badokujaa View post
    Portsmouth, Virginia?

    https://www.google.com/maps/@36.8352...Sg!2e0!6m1!1e1


    Sorry about that ridiculous URL, but I don't know how to upload a screen shot. Its "approximate address" is 401-427 High Street.

    The obelisk is a monument to confederate dead.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confede...h,_Virginia%29
    I am curious. How did you know this?

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    Quote Originally posted by DetroitPlanner View post
    I am curious. How did you know this?

    Yes the building to the right and the steeple are still there!

    I have to admit to a little googling. The obelisk looked really familiar, enough so that I felt like I had seen it before, so I thought it might be in the south. Also, the little domes on the church behind it just didn't seem right for the midwest - it just looks a bit too old. I focused on the coastal VA-SC towns that are old enough to have a church like that and found the obelisk in a search for "obelisk monument norfolk virginia." It's not technically in Norfolk, of course, but that's what google is for right? I was up there a couple of years ago and I must have seen it then.

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    Quote Originally posted by badokujaa View post
    I have to admit to a little googling. The obelisk looked really familiar, enough so that I felt like I had seen it before, so I thought it might be in the south. Also, the little domes on the church behind it just didn't seem right for the midwest - it just looks a bit too old. I focused on the coastal VA-SC towns that are old enough to have a church like that and found the obelisk in a search for "obelisk monument norfolk virginia." It's not technically in Norfolk, of course, but that's what google is for right? I was up there a couple of years ago and I must have seen it then.
    Awesome job. I know I have certain things that I retain too for bizarre reasons. Maybe it is the planner/geographer in me?
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    Quote Originally posted by badokujaa View post
    Portsmouth, Virginia?

    https://www.google.com/maps/@36.8352...Sg!2e0!6m1!1e1


    Sorry about that ridiculous URL, but I don't know how to upload a screen shot. Its "approximate address" is 401-427 High Street.

    The obelisk is a monument to confederate dead.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confede...h,_Virginia%29
    A) IMPRESSIVE!!
    B) They really killed that corner building there, didn't they? The preservationist in me just cringed when I saw it!
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