2020 Mystery Game

The Flagstaff 2020 Mystery Game was one of the biggest outreach components of the visioning process. Led by Kate Sibley from the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Flagstaff 2020 Outreach Team, the goal of the Mystery Game was to create a public interest in the Flagstaff 2020 community visioning process through a collaboratively-written science-fiction novel which asked the readers questions about Flagstaff landmarks.

Copies of the novel’s 20 chapters were available to the public at Flagstaff Public Library, McGaugh’s Newsstand, Hastings, Kwik Kopy West, and the National Bank of Arizona.

MS: SE crnr Aspen/San Francisco, McGaugh's sign
MS: SE crnr Aspen/San Francisco, McGaugh's sign. May 1994. Slide AZ.800. Arizona Historical Society, Northern Division. Used with permission from the repository. Click to view this item via Digital Collections.
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Read the Official Flagstaff 2020 Mystery Game Rules

Flagstaff 2020 Mystery Game Official Rules
Flagstaff 2020 Mystery Game [packet]. Circa 1996. Flagstaff 2020 Records [manuscripts], NAU.MS.294, Box 6, Folder 117. Click to view this item via Digital Collections.

The chapters, written by local authors, encouraged those who wanted to play to explore the town and conduct research to try to figure out the clues at the end of each chapter. Once all 20 chapters were released, citizens could send in their answer sheets to different locations in Flagstaff for the chance to win a wide range of prizes. The grand prize was a new and affordable home built in Flagstaff—Carl Clark’s idea.

Will you win a house? It's a mystery article from the Arizona Daily Sun (photocopy)
J. Leon Keith. “Will you win a house? It’s a mystery.” Arizona Daily Sun, November 1, 1996. © 1996 Arizona Daily Sun. Article used with permission from the publisher. Photocopy from the Flagstaff 2020 Records [manuscripts], NAU.MS.294, Box 8, Folder 176.

Think You Could Win?

Check out the clues from the first four chapters of the Flagstaff 2020 Mystery Game.

See the Grand Prize

Learn more about the grand prize of the “Mystery Game House” and other prizes.

Celebrate the Winners

Experience the 1997 Fourth of July parade where the winners were announced.