Mystery Monday (5/9 - Revealed)

Posted on 05/13/2011 by Sam Melden in Mystery Monday

UPDATE. We have updated this post to reveal the location of our Mystery Monday Photo

This photo is of Sterling High School in Sterling, Illinois, 1974. Map

Another week, another mystery! Here is the entry for this week. Read the guidelines below, then comment and be sure to include a link to a corresponding map.

Here are the guidelines,

  • If you can correctly identify the photo with a link to Google Maps showing where it is, or should be*, you win! Leave a comment here on the blog or on our Facebook Page.
  • Every Friday we will reveal the photo and congratulate the winner! (The first to post the correct answer & link)
  • Each weekly winner will receive a coupon for $50 off their next Aerial Photo purchase, or simple bragging rights! Whichever you prefer. (Make sure to provide adequate contact info.)

(*It is estimated that 40% of photos document places that are no longer standing. So, if you can tell us where the subject of the photo used to be, that will work too.)


Visitor Comments

OK, I have nothing about what state this is in.

I only observe that the main building is sort of Greek Revival...main part of it like the Parthenon....then there are other influences in architecture around this campus.

....does this school/college extend not only across the street to the right but all the way back to the right of photo?

There is a football/track field, one side has bleachers, tennis courts, across the street baseball, again only one set of bleachers. Also a smokestack/power plant in that small building near the street right down from tennis courts.

Come on, someone has to have some ideas out there.......I know I am not the only one looking at this....come can guess....pretty please....clue, lets bat it around.

I am suspecting someone will guess this one early and most likely lives nearby of just knows the place. I would say it is a small college, to big to be a high school.
Football is not big there, judging by the single set of stands, so that rules out Texas ...

Maybe I am looking at this all wrong....maybe the reason for the single set of bleachers at the football/track and baseball fields is because they are part of a city park. That would include the tennis courts and maybe the large building off the courts is a large indoor pool. The building after that seems to have a large dark area at the department?

Could all the single story complexes with flat roofs be offices. Could the main building be a Library?

One thing I don't see is a flagpole to fly a flag.

Small town so to speak, no tall buildings like big city.

OK Sam, time for you to save this about a CLUE, like what state....thank you in advance! ;-0

It wouldn't happen to be near Charleston SC would it?

Good morning friends! Great work as usual... I love reading your process of trying to figure these out every week. The pleasure is all mine...

This photo is in the great state of Illinois. Have fun! One day left!

I have to give up....all I can figure is it is in the suburbs of a large city like maybe in West Chicago. I just can't find it. Tick

this is sterling high school in sterling illinois and it is more fantastic than the pic lets on ... you are not looking at it wrong ... the entire school is over the top for a high school ... the football stadium, baseball fields and the tennis courts are part of the high school ... not a large indoor pool but the gymnasium ... no fire department ... and yes that school extends all the way to the right and across the street ... the single story structures are (or were in my day) the shop buildings, wood, metal, etc ...

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