School’s out in Mansfield for Spring Break – time for some fun!
Let’s go on a scavenger hunt around Mansfield, learn some history, get some exercise and earn a prize for our efforts!
Here’s the scoop:
- Download and print the attached pdf and fill it out as you go. You can find clues in any order.
- Turn the completed form in at the counter at the Mansfield Public Library to earn a prize.
- The hunt is on from March 10-17, 2023. The library closes at 6 p.m. March 17, so get there before then!
- It’s free! Sponsored by the Mansfield Record, Mansfield Public Library and the Friends of the Mansfield Public Library
- No age limit!
- No need to go on private property, all sites are public.
- Most of the clues can be accessed from outside, except the ones inside the Mansfield Historical Museum, 102 N. Main St., and the one at the Man House, 604 W. Broad St. The museum and Man House are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. The library is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Plan ahead!
- Don’t forget to turn in your completed clue sheet at the Mansfield Public Library, 104 S. Wisteria St.
- Look around, learn about your city and enjoy the hunt!
Download attached form at right:
Here’s the clues:
1. At the Mansfield Historical Museum, find the name of the first railroad to come through Mansfield in 1886. What was the name of the first railroad? _______________________
2. There are a lot of personalized bricks on historic Main Street. One in front of Mansfield Tattoo, 131 N. Main St., is dedicated to a bunny! What is the bunny’s name? _________________
3. The Farr Best Theater, 109 N. Main St., was owned by the Farr family. What date did the Farr Best Theater open? _____________________________________
4. The Man House, 604 W. Broad St., was the home of one of Mansfield’s founders, Ralph S. Man. The original barn, built in 1865, is still on the property. According to signage near the barn, the Mans reported in the 1880 census that they owned how many cows? __________ And how many chickens? ________
5. At Man’s Best Field Dog Park, 610 W. Broad St., there is a sign featuring dogs in the park’s unique logo. Which letters of the logo have a dog or a portion of a dog in them? _____________________________
6. Mansfield ISD’s original high school is now the district’s administration building, 610 E. Broad St. On the front of the old high school building are listed the Board of Trustees and the superintendent. Who is listed as the Mansfield ISD school superintendent? ___________________________________
7. Right beside the largest pavilion at Katherine Rose Park, 303 N. Walnut Creek Drive, is a small memorial for five branches of the United States military. On top of the memorial is a quote honoring members of the military. Who is quoted on top of the memorial? _________________________________
8. At Oliver Nature Park, 1650 Matlock Road, there is a sign honoring the park’s namesakes, Elmer W. Oliver and Myrtle Fowler Oliver. In what year did the Olivers marry? ____________________
9. The Chris Burkett Service Center, 620 S. Wisteria St., has a garden featuring native plants and a large rainwater-capturing system. Near the rainwater system is a sign that explains how much water can be saved. 1 inch of rainfall on a 2,000-square-foot roof equals how many gallons of water? _________________________
10. In the children’s area of the recently renovated Mansfield Public Library, a Dr. Seuss character holds a tower of books. What is the name of the Dr. Seuss character? ____________________
Mansfield, Texas, is a booming city, nestled between Fort Worth and Dallas, but with a personality all its own. The city’s 76,247 citizens enjoy an award-winning school district, vibrant economy, historic downtown, prize-winning park system and community focus spread across 37 square miles. The Mansfield Record is dedicated to reporting city and school news, community happenings, police and fire news, business, food and restaurants, parks and recreation, library, historical archives and special events. The city’s only online newspaper launched in September 2020 and will offer introductory advertising rates for the first three months at three different rates.