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National Park Mystery Spot 9: It Helps to Know the Capital of Louisiana


Our national park mystery spot is a building somewhere in the coterminous states. To know exactly where it is, you must put some clues together first.

How shapely the moon when first she waxes after hiding her face.

If first there is a rumble and then there is a roar, water may wreck this building like the ones in sixty-four.

The first place you’d look for the top banana is right here.

It would be a first-rate coincidence if the top banana were to hail from the capital of Louisiana.

If you look in the Red Book, you'll see that the first ones here didn’t get top billing.

Sitting near one oh one, it’s at one and one and one and one astride the first street north of Front.

Be sure to check in with Traveler tomorrow for the answer and an explanation of the clues.


Redwood National Park. The ocean nearly brought an end to this community when a large tsunami hit the city March 29, 1964, destroying 29 downtown blocks and killing 11 people. Crescent City residents, with typical North Coast undaunted spirit, made a quick comeback and the city was soon functioning at full force.

You're close, John, but I'm afraid that close only counts in horseshoes and grenades. :o)

Open All Year 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone - (707) 464-6101 ext. 5064
Location - 1111 Second Street, Crescent City, CA

Bingo! Nicely done, John. For those of you who weren't as quick on the draw, the building that John identified houses more than just an information center. It also houses the headquarters of Redwood National and State Parks. Tomorrow's Traveler will have a full explanation and discussion of the clues.

What does "it helps to know the capital of Louisiana" have to do with this answer? Which is Baton Rouge.

Oh, I get it - "Crescent City, Ca" Well Baton Rouge is the capital of Louisiana not New Orlanes (the crescent city). Thanks

Ouch! Why do I get the feeling that you guys are beating up on me? Here's the deal. Citing New Orleans, nickname "The Crescent City," would have been a dead giveaway. (Hey; you don't want these things to be too easy do you?) I used Baton Rouge to give you just a hint. Baton rouge is French for "red stick," which is just close enough to "red wood" to help.

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