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From Above Contest #21

This one could be anywhere, or anywhere on the Dry Side, at least. So I’ve let a couple hints creep in.

This is a Google Maps satellite view of a United Methodist related location in the Pacific Northwest.

From Above 21

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is twofold:

  1. Pinpoint the location in the photo, using Google Maps. Share the answer with a map link in the comments, AND 
  2. Correctly state what the location is, and why it’s United-Methodist related.

Hint: I had no idea this place existed until this afternoon. Tomorrow morning, I’m going to drive there. More photos (with snow) to follow.


Ta-Daa! The location is the German Methodist Cemetery on Urquhart Rd, west of Benzel, about six miles southeast of Ritzville, Washington. We own a cemetery! Who knew? (Well, others may have known, but they never tell the pastor anything!)

On Wednesday afternoon, a neighbor contacted the Trinity UMC Facebook page, to ask about the cemetery. On Thursday morning, with the thermometer reading 9 degrees, I drove out to the intersection of Benzel & Urquhart. I walked up Urquhart, which wasn’t plowed, to the cemetery.

Here are some images of the morning’s walk.


Sunday updates:

Trinity folks told me a lot more about the cemetery. The most recent burial there was in the 1980s, and the person didn’t have a grave marker.

The church had a cleanup day at the cemetery “a few years ago.” (They didn’t take the frame of the old car, though — that’s been there a while. I kind of like it!)

The cemetery is at the back of the lot, because the front of the lot USED to be the location of the German Methodist Church — the first building, before they moved to town. The original building is now a mile or so south of the cemetery, where it’s now part of a farm. (Do we have another From Above contest coming up??)

And Bill Heinemann, whose parents are buried there, has planted the land in native-type grasses, to help keep weeds down. Also, it’s a good place to visit when it’s NOT high summer, because of ticks & snakes.

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Wow, I’ve been away from this blog for a year. Ever since I was appointed last summer to Tracyton, in fact!

So, here’s the next Bird’s Eye View, snipped from Bing Maps, for your contest.

It’s a United Methodist location in the Pacific Northwest Conference. I knew nothing about it until today, so maybe it’s news to you, too. It’s good news, though!

What's the UM connection?

What’s the UM connection?

To find the view, open Bing Maps, go to the area you want to look at, and  click “Bird’s Eye” on the menu bar just above the map. When you find the right location, zoomed-in, you should see this image on the big screen. Now, click the Envelope icon in the upper right corner of the page (“Share”) to get the address of the view, and put the link in a comment below, in this blog, along with the name of what we’re looking at, and you’ll gain immortality, at least for a while, in cyberspace.

Wes

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From Above Contest –

Can you find this United Methodist location in the northwestern US? It’s a snip of a Bird’s Eye view at the Bing Maps website.

This one should be easy, given my current events.

To find the view, open Bing Maps, go to the area you want to look at, click “Bird’s Eye” on the menu bar just above the map. If you zoom in on this location, you should see this image on the big screen. Now, click the Envelope icon in the upper right corner of the page (“Share”) to get the address of the view, and put the link in a comment (below, in this blog), along with the name of what we’re looking at, and you’ll gain immortality, at least for a while, in cyberspace.

(By the way, you get extra points if you name the park across from the church as well.)

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From Above #18

Can you identify this United Methodist location in the Northwestern US? It’s a snip of a Bird’s Eye view at the Bing Maps website.

We’re looking toward the north, by the way …

To find the view, open Bing Maps, go to the area you want to look at, change “Road” to “Bird’s Eye View” on the upper right menu bar. If you zoom in on this location, you should see this image on the big screen. Now, click the Envelope icon in the lower left corner of the page to get the address of the view, and put the link in a comment (below, in this blog), along with the name of what we’re looking at, and you’ll gain immortality, at least for a while, in cyberspace.

Sorry, that’s how long immortality lasts in cyberspace.

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So, I haven’t posted for a long time. Here’s a new From Above contest.

The groundrules are simple:
1. Identify the Methodist-related location pictured in the clip — a piece of a Bing Maps Bird’s Eye View.
2. Post a LINK to the Bing Maps Birds Eye View of the location as a comment to this blog entry. (With the image you want in Bing Maps on your browser, click the Envelope icon in the lower left of the screen, copy the long address that appears, and paste it into your reply to this post.)

First person to do both of the above wins near-eternal, but very trivial, glory.

Here’s today’s image:

Bird's Eye View of a United Methodist Location ... Where is it?
Not necessarily looking north …
One more clue, besides the caption: I have stood on the deck in the picture and gazed at one of the major mountains within the bounds of our Annual Conference.

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I’m out of the habit of posting a From Above entry here at Wesleyan Grace … but this one’s been sitting in my file for a while, and this week seems an appropriate time to post it. It’s a site of relevance to Pacific Northwest United Methodists. 

I see the ads for building my church out of steel, but ...

 

Name the location, say how it’s a United Methodist site, and post a link to the Bird’s Eye image at Bing Maps, and you’ll be famous!

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This one’s early because (a) nobody’s even guessing on #14, and (b) it’s timely.

From Above #14’s image was the northernmost UMC I could find in the Bird’s Eye View on Bing Maps: First UMC of Fairbanks, Alaska.  If my Finnish, Swedish and Norwegian were better, I do believe I could find a more northerly UMC than that one, though. Special honors to the seeker who links to a Bird’s Eye View of any UMC farther north than Fairbanks.

Now: Today’s image is even more ephemeral than #13 was — but it’s a United Methodist location today, and I’m thinking some of you know what it is, and why it’s UM.

And, no, it’s not Church of the Resurrection, though the folks featured here die but (nearly) always are resurrected before it’s all over.

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