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Victorians learn about downtown history during scavenger hunt (video)

By Bianca Montes
Sept. 21, 2013 at 4:21 a.m.

Jeff Pozzi, 43, of Victoria, at left, checks a map and looks for clues with his friend, Bill Cotton, 42, of Victoria, in downtown Victoria during the Old Victoria Scavenger Hunt.

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Did you know?

• The Steve-a-reno's building site used to be the location of Elizabeth Owen's house. She was the wife of Richard Owens, builder of the first courthouse.

• The Rosebud Fountain & Grill site was originally built in 1910 as a drug, book and stationary store and is considered to be the oldest "drug store corner" in the state.

• George H. Hauschild built the Golden Gecko building in 1893, and it is rumored to be haunted.

A woman dressed in a long, black dress told scavengers to search for the building her husband worked at in 1910 as the postmaster.

Your clue, she told them, is: This old building used to house the post office.

The woman, who portrayed Lillian, went on to tell those listening that her husband met her in San Antonio, and later on in life, he accidently shot himself, but unfortunately, those few clues, along with the small picture of a hanging lantern, were not enough to help two families move forward in the game: The Cottons and the Pozzis were stumped.

The two families were participating in the Old Victoria Scavenger Hunt early Saturday evening, and before the sun set and their available light source diminished, they raced across Main Street, cut down West Juan Linn Street and stopped in front of the police station on Bridge Street. The families got a bogus tip, and sadly, they still had no clue where the old post office was.

"That could be one of a zillion places in town," said Kerry Pozzi, 42, of Victoria, as she searched the sheriff's house to see if his porch lamp matched the one in the picture.

It didn't.

The Victoria Main Street Program created the event to reintroduce families to the downtown area, said Director Sara Rodriquez.

The Main Street Program teamed up with Victoria Preservation Inc., the Victoria TX Independent Film Festival and other downtown businesses to host the hunt.

The three-hour event sent participants to different historical locations, such as the Nave Museum, Rosebud Fountain & Grill and Greek's 205 Bar to search for clues and pick up tidbits of the town's rich history.

About 65 people registered for the event, Rodriquez said.

Lauren Pozzi, 9, said one of the clues, a statue in DeLeon Plaza, gave her mother the opportunity to teach her about the Civil War, which she said was cool.

"I'm learning a lot about my town's history," she said. "I'm seeing parts of Victoria I've never seen before."

As for her dad, he said, "It's too hard."

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