The Walking Stick of Harriet Tubman
Walking Stick of Harriet Tubman
The walking stick stuck to the stone railing at the front of the Observatory.

Production Number

2-05 (45)


August 3, 1994


Orange Iguanas


Chris & Ryann

Artifact Location

The Observatory

Pendants of Life

Temple Layout


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The Walking Stick of Harriet Tubman is the 45th episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

In this moat crossing, both players from each team cross the water simultaneously by laying their four boards upon two parallel bars, continually adjusting them as necessary to cross the entire pool.

Moat Results
Finish Team Time
1st Silver Snakes 0:51
2nd Blue Barracudas 0:55
3rd Orange Iguanas 1:03
4th Green Monkeys 1:05

Steps of Knowledge

The most famous African-American woman of the Civil War was Harriet Tubman. With just the North Star for a compass, she led so many people to freedom that folks called her "Moses." Legend has it that once, she and a small band of escaped slaves were being trapped by slaveowners with bloodhounds.

"Quick! Into the swamp! They'll lose our scent," said Harriet, but the other slaves fought.

"I'm not going in there!" said one man. "There's spirits in there!"

"You're gonna have a lot more than spirits on your tail if you don't get into that water!" she said, brandishing her walking stick.

One by one, the others followed, and she led them across the swamp. They traveled up north on foot, sleeping in the barns and cellars of those who dared to hide them. Across the pond, the dogs lost the scent of the runaway slaves, and the only thing the white masters found was Harriet's walking stick, stuck in the mud.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Which of these wars was fought to end slavery?
  • The Civil War
Blue Barracudas (Correct - 2 steps left)
Because she led so many people to freedom, did folks call Harriet Tubman…?
  • Moses
Blue Barracudas (Correct before Olmec could finish - 1 step left)
Which of these did Harriet use to find her way?
  • The North Star
Orange Iguanas (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these is another name for the North Star?
  • Polaris
  • Sirius
Silver Snakes (Wrong Answer)
Blue Barracudas (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)
Were the people opposed to slavery before the war known as…?
  • Abolitionists
  • Secessionists
  • Isolationists
Orange Iguanas (Out of Time)
Silver Snakes (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these organizations did Harriet use to bring slaves to freedom?
  • The Underground Railroad
Green Monkeys (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which law gave slaves their freedom?
  • The Emancipation Proclamation
Orange Iguanas (Correct - 1 step left)
Which of these presidents signed the Emancipation Proclamation?
  • President Lincoln
Orange Iguanas (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Blue Barracudas are Erica, who sings country music (her favorite country singer being Reba McEntire), and 14-year-old James, who volunteers at the Special Olympics. The Orange Iguanas are Ryann, who travels to the Caribbean very often, and Chris, who has strong interest in AeroFly Simulator.

Slaves' Hiding Places (Cubbyhole Web)

Harriet Tubman was part of the Underground Railroad, which was not a railroad at all, but a series of homes where escaped slaves could safely hide on their journey north. Before Erica and Ryann stood a wall with several hiding places and a net in the middle. In each hiding place was hidden either a key meaning it is safe to enter or a lock meaning it is dangerous. When Kirk gave the signal, they had to climb the net, and punch through a hiding place. If either player found a key, she had to climb down and drop it in her bin, then start again. The player to retrieve four keys or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Erica won the game and the half pendant after finding three keys when time expire

Walking Sticks (Swinging Sandbags)

Harriet Tubman made 19 trips to the South to rescue slaves, each time skirting many dangers and obstacles. When Kirk gave the signal, James and Chris each had to grab a walking stick, crawl to the last cube, and place it in the slot on the cube. Then, they had to come back, grab another walking stick and place it on the next cube. As they move back and forth, they had to avoid the swinging sandbags. If either player was hit by one, he had to go back to his starting point and try again. The first player to leave all of their walking sticks and return or the player furthest along in 60 seconds won. Chris was the first to complete the game, placing his last stick with 14 seconds of spare time. This earned the Orange Iguanas

Railroad to Canada (Slingshot Wall)

The Underground railroad that Harriet Tubman traveled began in the South and led to safety in Canada. Four of the places along the railroad were marked on the wall behind each male player. They were: Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and Canada. When Kirk gave the signal, the boys had to climb the wall to the first location while their partners had to load a ball in their slingshots and shoot it at them. When either male player caught the ball, he had to place it on the location, climb to the next one, and wait for the next ball. The first team with one ball in each location or the team furthest along in 60 seconds won. Chris placed his last ball on Canada with four seconds of spare time, sending him and Ryann to Olmec's Temple with 1½ pendants.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Blue Barracudas Won Lost Lost ½ Pendant
Orange Iguanas Lost Won Won 1½ Pendants

Temple Run

This temple run definitely qualifies for the most unusual finish. Chris volunteered to head into the temple first, and made great time as he climbed through the Ledges and took the bottom floor to the Dark Forest, and then passed upwards to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey. Unfortunately, it was here that he was taken out, and so it was Ryann's turn to enter the temple. However, she did something completely unexpected. She took a different route and raced up to the Crypt, where she was seized by the team's third temple guard. What a waste!

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact No
Method of Loss Triple Seizure (1:19 left)
Temple Guard Locations

The Throne Room

The Shrine of the Silver Monkey

The Crypt

Half Pendant Location Most Likely the Swamp

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The Walking Stick of Harriet Tubman

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  • This is the first episode in Season 2 where contestants attempted to retrieve an artifact placed in the Observatory.
  • Usually when it comes to an artifact hidden in the Observatory, the producers would always place it on the stone column, but here, they put it on the stone railing at the front.
  • This is the third of four episodes where the Blue Barracudas and Orange Iguanas compete against each other in the Temple Games. The rarest combination of teams in the series.
  • The door in the Dark Forest leading up to the Shrine of the Silver Monkey was already opened when Chris entered the room.
  • This episode shows the fourth time a player does not follow their teammate's direction. The first three were The Pendant of KamehamehaThe Paintbrush of Leonardo da Vinci, and The Medal of Sir Edmund Hillary.
  • This episode marks the first time in Season 2 that a Temple Run ended in a Triple Seizure. This was also the first episode since Henry VIII's Great Seal that the second runner is caught by a Temple Guard without a full pendant.
  • This is the first of two episodes where a team of Orange Iguanas loses the Temple Run as a result of a Triple Seizure. The second was The Useless Map of the Chibcha Chieftain.
  • This was the only episode where a temple guard in an entrance room removed someone from the temple.
  • Out of all of the contestants who actually entered Olmec's Temple, Ryann spent the least amount of time in the temple. She only spent seconds before being taken out by the Temple Guard. 
  • With 1:19 remaining when Ryann was removed from Olmec's, This is the fastest loss in Season 2 and the third fastest overall in the series, Only being outdone by Elizabeth I's Golden Ship (1:29 remaining) and The Useless Map of the Chibcha Chieftain (1:23 remaining).