On Your Mark . . . Get Set!

For those of you who weren’t around these parts back in June or July for the first two Name That Place contests, let me tell you, a more exciting contest has never been devised in the history of the world! Well, ok, it’s Monday, a little hyperbole helps get the old adrenaline going.

Contest Rules:

1.  Five photos will be published–one each weekday this week. The first contest’s posts were published at 9 AM, the second’s at 6 AM. This week, I have randomly decided that the photos will be published at 11 AM each day. This (theoretically) will allow you all to jump on during lunch rather than surreptitiously logging on during work.

2.  I may or may not give a hint before the photo. It just depends on how I’m feeling. The buildings represented will all be Mississippi buildings that are still standing (*at least as far as I know)–there will be no out-of-state buildings. Who cares about those anyway??

3.  The first person to state the name of the building, along with its location wins a point. Post answers in the comment area. The format of the answer must include the name and the town/community or it won’t count. Those who complain about having to name the town will also be forced to name the county.

4.  To make it more interesting, an extra point will be awarded to anyone who comes along later and adds more information to the initial answer; for instance:

  • information about a construction date, architect, renovations, or historical information about the building’s use or importance;
  • comparisons to other buildings of a similar type or style, or buildings with the same architect or builder.
  • Only one point per person for extra information, no matter how much information you give. This means that up to two points can be awarded to the person who answers first if he or she includes not only the name and location but also the construction date, etc. But only one point can be awarded to anyone who adds information after the initial correct answer. As a strategy, however, you might consider that if you add a bunch of extra information you will be taking away points from others who won’t have much left to say once you’re done.

5.  If there is a judgment call about whether your information is accurate or if it “adds” enough to be interesting and thus eligible to receive a point, I, E.L. Malvaney (hereafter referred to as “Grand Master” or “Amazing Poobah”) will make that judgment call after consulting whoever happens to be standing around me and/or my dog, who is very wise and can communicate alot with just a sigh or a yawn.

At the end of the week (i.e., after Friday), the person with the most points wins the right to be called “Mississippi’s Preservationist Extraordinaire” (*until the next contest). Tsj1957 won the first contest with 7 points. Doakley won the second with 8 points. The maximum number of points you can win in one contest, by my reckoning, is 10 points.

The first photo will appear later this morning at 11 AM (CDT) sharp. Good luck!

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