John Henry's Lost Hammer
John Henry's Lost Hammer
The hammer on the hollow box around the middle downward door.

Production Number

1-05 (5)


December 26, 1993


Silver Snakes


Billy & Kim

Artifact Location

The Room of the Golden Idols

Pendants of Life


Temple Layout


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Next Episode

The Golden Cricket Cage of Khan (Production/Completion Order)
Elizabeth I's Golden Ship (Broadcast Order)

John Henry's Lost Hammer is the fifth episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple. It was the third episode completed and the 30th aired.

Moat Crossing


Footboard Moat

One partner from each team had an "Aztec footboard". When Kirk said go, the first partner of each team paddled across the moat. Once across, they climbed out onto the other side. That was the signal for the second partner to pull the footboard back to the other side, jump on, grab the rope, swing the footboard into the water, and pull themselves across the Moat. When the second teammate reached the other side, it was his job to hit the gong.
Moat Results
Finish Team Time
First Silver Snakes 0:29
Second Orange Iguanas 0:32
Third Red Jaguars 0:39
Disqualfied Green Monkeys 0:42
Fourth Purple Parrots 0:47

Steps of Knowledge

The men who drove the spikes and laid the rails for the Great American Railroad were called gandy dancers, and the biggest and strongest of them all was John Henry. One day, the railroad foreman came up to him with a stranger and said "John Henry, Mr. Jones here says his steam engine can outdrill even my best man, and I aim to find out. I'm going to put you up ahead in the tunnel there, with you on one side and the steam drill on the other. We'll see who drives further." John Henry slung his hammer over his shoulder. "That'll be me," he said, and followed the foreman up the line.

John Henry took his position. "Go!" shouted the foreman, and John Henry started swinging with all his might. The steam drill chugged and drilled, and when the smoke cleared, John Henry had driven fifteen feet through the rock, and the steam drill had only gone nine. The other gandy dancers cheered and lifted John Henry on their shoulders. The railroad retired John Henry's hammer, and it found its way to the Temple.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Was John Henry a…?
  • Gandy Dancer
  • Dandy Prancer
  • Limbo Dancer
Silver Snakes (Ganky Dancer - Wrong Answer; Not one of the three choices)
Orange Iguanas (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these is the name of the tunnel where John Henry was working when he raced the steam engine?
  • Big Bend Tunnel
  • Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel
  • Lincoln Tunnel
Orange Iguanas (Correct - One step left)
Was the Big Bend Tunnel in…?
  • Florida
  • West Virginia
  • Utah
Orange Iguanas (Swept - Advanced to Temple Games)
Which group of immigrants was largely responsible for completing the western section of the Transcontinental Railroad?
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Australians
Red Jaguars (Wrong Answer)
Purple Parrots (Correct - Two steps left)
Is the person who drives the train called the…?
  • Captain
  • Engineer
  • Architect
Silver Snakes (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these was a famous engineer?
  • Casey Jones
  • Casey Stengel
Silver Snakes (Correct - One step left)
Is the individual who collects your train ticket called the…?
  • Steward
  • Orchestrator
  • Conductor
Red Jaguars (Correct - Two steps left)
Which of these is the name of an urban train that runs underground?
  • Tramway
  • Subway
  • Suburban
Silver Snakes (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Silver Snakes are 11-year-old Kim and 13-year-old Billy. The Orange Iguanas are 12-year-old Julia and 13-year old Walter.

Escape the Tunnel (Dragon Tunnel)


One player from each team had to wriggle through the tunnel on her stomach. The only problem was that the tunnel was filled with foam rocks they had to push through. They had one minute; the first person to get through the tunnel and back - or the player furthest along - won. Kim beat Julia and made it through and back in 22 seconds.

Railroad Tunnel (Peanut Shaft)


Starting at the base of the shaft, each player filled his bucket with rocks, climbed to the top, and dropped them into the bin. Then they climbed back down and started again. The player with the most rocks in his bin at the end of one minute won. Billy won the game after scoring seven rocks, over Water, who only scored four rocks.

East Meets West (Bungee Soap Line)


When Kirk said "go", the partner on the east side started with a golden spike on his helmet; both partners then pulled themselves toward the middle. Then the east partner passed the spike to his partner on the west, who slid back and dropped it into her bucket. Then the first partner slid back to his side, grabbed another spike, and repeated the process. The team with the most spikes in the west bucket at the end of one minute won. The game ended in a tie with both teams had three spikes.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Orange Iguanas Lost Lost Tied 1 Pendant
Silver Snakes Won Won Tied 2 Pendants

Temple Run


Kim started off in the Room of the Three Gargoyles, quickly proceeding to the Wall Climb, where she helplessly knocked on the doors to the Heart Room and Throne Room, not smart enough to realize she needed to hit the actuators— it got to the point that Billy had to yell for her to do so! She eventually passed through into the Heart Room with less than two minutes remaining, meeting the first Temple Guard there as well. Unfortunately, her confusion continued there, until she was captured in the Throne Room with 1:20 remaining.

Billy on the other hand, was much faster, and stayed true to his strategy of taking the lower route to eventually reach the hammer; however, he could not successfully climb up from the Spider's Lair because of how thin the webbing was, so he continued along the rest of the bottom floor. Time expired as he rode the elevator halfway into the Room of Three Torches.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact No
Method of Loss Failed Acquisition
Temple Guard Locations The Heart Room
The Throne Room
The Cave of Sighs

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Legends of the Hidden Temple John Henrys Lost Hammer


  • As a result of the Green Monkeys' disqualification, This was the first of two episodes where the first four teams to cross the Moat were not the teams to compete in the Steps of Knowledge. The second episode where this happened was The Applewood Amulet of Emiliano Zapata, where the Silver Snakes replaced the Blue Barracudas due to the former team being ruled to be sent back by a spotter's mistake.
    • This was the only episode where a team was disqualified in the Moat Crossing.
  • This was the first episode where an artifact is placed in the treasury area (the room space that featured the Room of the Golden Idols, the Treasure Room, the Treasury of Golden Orbs, the King's Storeroom in Season 2, and the Room of the Ancient Warriors).
    • This was only the episode to feature an artifact in the Room of the Golden Idols.
  • This was the first episode where a team of Orange Iguanas and a team of Silver Snakes competed against each other in the Temple Games.
  • When Kirk was explaining the third temple game, the music did not play and a man can be seen in the artifact's room.
  • When Kim enters the Heart Room, Kirk mentions it as "The Shrine" (The Shrine is obviously the Shrine of the Silver Monkey).
  • This was the first episode a contestant chooses to enter Olmec's Temple from the upper entrance.
  • This was the first episode a contestant is removed from the Temple in the bottom of the central shaft.
  • This was the first episode where a contestant plows through the Stone Wall.
  • This was the first episode where a Silver Snakes competed in the Temple Run with two full pendants.
    • This was the only episode where a team of Silver Snakes competed in the Temple Run with two full pendants and were unable to grab the artifact.
  • The Blue Barracudas and Green Monkeys later participate in John Sutter and the Map to the Lost Gold Mine, wearing the same team colors.