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Hirsch and crew at the Oregon Vortex.

Mystery Tour 2013 was a 4-day road trip led by Alex Hirsch and the Gravity Falls crew to find "the weirdest tourist traps in Oregon and Northern California."[1]

Details

The route of the Mystery Tour 2013.

Hirsch and company left behind several drawings of Bill Cipher in various spots, such as telephone poles, signs and trash cans, and released photos of them over Twitter for fans to find. The fans who took a picture of themselves in the same spots received Mystery Prizes.[2]

As of April 16th, 2016, all of the drawings have been found. They are/were located somewhere along the road on the left.[3]

Among the places visited include the House of Mystery at the Orgeon Vortex, a Masonic Temple,[4] Trees of Mystery's Paul Bunyan statue which is located along Route 101, the World Famous Grandfather Tree, and One Log House.

Hidden Bill Ciphers

# Clue Winner Prize
1 Pyramid 1.jpg @egoboystudios[5][6] Pyramid 1 Prize.jpg


Drawing of egoboystudios by Matt Braly

Pyramid 1 WINNER.jpg
2 Pyramid 2.jpg @kimallyn[7] Alex Hirsch and Jason Ritter called the winner.[8]
Pyramid 2 WINNER.jpg
3 Pyramid 3.jpg @wtfanonpencil [9] No Prize given as Bill was found in 2016 (The Bill is no longer there)


(note: This trip was taken in early 2016 before Bill was found. We came within 30 miles of Bill and had none of the books.)

Bill Proof Collage.jpg
4 Pyramid 4.jpg @rhaeme[10] Prize was never given/yet to be given out. [11]
Pyramid 4 WINNER.jpg
5 Pyramid 5.jpg @JoeyMSouza[12][13] Pyramid 5 Prize.jpg


Drawing by Alex Hirsch of him and Joey Souza riding on a Mershaq back while holding hands

Pyramid 5 WINNER.jpg
6 Pyramid 6.jpg @thedeetster[14] [15] No Prize given as Bill was found in 2016 (the Bill has been partially faded)
Deetster.png
7 Pyramid 7.jpg linneac[16]

@Gag_Reel_Show[17][18]

Drawing Number 7 was originally found in September 2013 by Tumblr user linneac. However, unware of Mystery Tour, they never contacted Alex about it.


No Prize given to either linneac or Gag_Reel_Show (the Bill has severely faded as of 2016)

Tumblr mt524i3ulX1rn5p3xo1 640.jpg|Gagreelshow.png
8 Pyramid 8.jpg @pianoplayer1537[19] N/A (Unknown if prize was given)
Pyramid 8 WINNER.jpg
9 Pyramid 9.jpg @wtfanonpencil [20] No Prize given as Bill was found in 2016.


(note: This trip was taken in early 2016 before Bill was found. We came within 30 miles of Bill and had none of the books.)

20160416 175047.jpg
10 Pyramid 10.jpg None No Prize given as Bill was eaten
Not available because it was eaten.[21]

Trivia

  • Polaroid Photo that Alex and the crew left at the Oregon Vortex

    Another photo of the gang at the Oregon Vortex was photographed with a polaroid camera. However, the picture was left at the Oregon Vortex for undisclosed reasons, most likely because the picture was not high quality.[22]
  • Bill Cipher 3, 6, 7 and 9 were not found in 2013. They were located in March and April of 2016 respectively.
  • As it turns out, Bill drawing number 7 was found in September 2013 by a fan named linneac.[23] However, unaware of the trip or the fact Alex Hirsch himself drew the drawing, they never contacted him about it.[24]
  • The group which found Bill 6 and 7 cataloged the trip on a Tumblr blog called thehuntforbillcipher-blog. [25]
  • Dipper hat that Alex and the crew left at Confusion Hill

    Thehuntforbillcipher team also learned that Alex and the crew had left a Dipper hat at Confusion Hill while on the trip.[26]
  • As linneac found Bill #7 three years before Thehuntforbillcipher team did, they technically were the first and therefore are owed the Mystery Prize for it from Alex while thehuntforbillcipher team still retains the prize for number 6 as they discovered it on the same trip in 2016.
  • As of 2021, Bill 3 is no longer visible as the area it was located in has been renovated since.[27] Bill number 9 is also likely no longer around now given the pole it was located on was repainted in 2020. [28]
  • The fates of Bill 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 as of 2021 remains unknown, but given the Bills found in 2016 were in poor condition or gone, it is likely many of them are no longer around. [29]
  • Despite promising to give prizes to every person who found each Bill drawing first, Alex Hirsch only ever gave out 3 prizes for the 9 possible that could have been claimed.
  • The person who found drawing 4 has yet to receive one and drawing number 8's prize status remains unknown due to the person finding it no longer being online though as Alex never followed up with a prize tweet for them, it is likely they never got one or did privately. Given the final 4 were found in 2016 and long after the trip, it can be determined that Alex likely has forgotten about it and does not even know that the Bill's have been found.
  • The crew stayed at the Benbow Historic Inn for one night while on the tour.[30] [31]
  • Jeffrey Rowe made a series of 11 gifs of the crew and locations that were visited while on Mystery Tour that are still up on his Tumblr page.[32][33]

External links

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References

  1. Hirsch, Alex (March 14, 2013). Tweet number 312241513025380352. “MYSTERY TOUR 2013! My 4-day crew road trip to find the weirdest tourist traps in Oregon officially starts... NOW!”
  2. Hirsch, Alex (March 14, 2013). Tweet number 312270020661104640. “@_AlexHirsch First person to find one of these guys in real life and photograph themselves with it gets a mystery prize!”
  3. Hirsch, Alex (March 18, 2013). Tweet number 313712496475267072. “Somewhere along this road, Pyramids 3,6,7,8 & 9 still haven't been found! Photo one, win a Mystery Prize!”
  4. Hirsch, Alex (March 15, 2013). Tweet number 312740815678107648. “#6”
  5. Hirsch, Alex (March 15, 2013). Tweet number 312668336842493952. ““@egoboystudios: Found it! ” Congrats to DAMIEN for finding the FIRST secret pyramid! Expect your Mystery Prize soon!”
  6. {Hirsch, Alex (March 15, 2013). Tweet number 312694974032519169. “@egoboystudios: Mystery Prize #1- A drawing of you as a GF character by amazing show designer Matt Braly! Well done!”
  7. Hirsch, Alex (March 15, 2013). Tweet number 312669841855246336. ““@kimallyn: I FOUND THE SECOND ONE! ” Congrats KIMBERLEE! Your Mystery Prize is coming! Everyone else- keep searching!”
  8. Hirsch, Alex (March 16, 2013). Tweet number 313046628649033729. ““@kimallyn: AHHHHHHH @JasonRitter AND @_AlexHirsch JUST CALLED ME!!!!!! ” Congrats Kimberlee on your Mystery Prize for finding Pyramid #2!”
  9. https://twitter.com/wtfanonpencil/status/721031186030538752
  10. Hirsch, Alex (March 18, 2013). Tweet number 313726249153486848. ““@ampereHope: hey i found something! https://rhaeme.tumblr.com/post/45448060377/so-alex-hirsch-tweeted-something-about-redding-and” Congrats! You'll get your Mystery Prize soon!”
  11. https://twitter.com/rhaeme/status/760592850757181440
  12. Hirsch, Alex (March 15, 2013). Tweet number 312740378975539200. ““@JoeyMSouza: Saw #5...also saw some squirrels fighting. ” Yes! You beautiful people have a Mystery Prize coming!!”
  13. Hirsch, Alex (April 9, 2013). Tweet number 321850388477263872. “@JoeyMSouza You win this round Sousa!”
  14. https://twitter.com/thedeetster/status/706316250733944833
  15. https://thehuntforbillcipher-blog.tumblr.com/post/140549464035/stop-3-was-almost-not-really-a-stop-at-all
  16. https://linneac.tumblr.com/post/61248805874/i-was-up-at-the-trees-of-mystery-in-northern
  17. https://twitter.com/Gag_Reel_Show/status/706313355577851904
  18. https://thehuntforbillcipher-blog.tumblr.com/post/140548341750/we-thought-there-was-a-possibility-of-the-statue
  19. Hirsch, Alex (April 9, 2013). Tweet number 321851222237790208. ““@pianoplayer1537: I found another... pic.twitter.com/6t4K9AaZI9” Amazing detective work! Your Mystery Prize: I will draw whatever you desire!”
  20. https://twitter.com/wtfanonpencil/status/721741432311013376
  21. Hirsch, Alex (March 17, 2013). Tweet number 313422462446624768. “#10 will never be found (because it's in our stomachs)”
  22. https://thehuntforbillcipher-blog.tumblr.com/post/140615895860/asking-the-staff-about-the-statue-did-provide-some
  23. https://linneac.tumblr.com/post/61248805874/i-was-up-at-the-trees-of-mystery-in-northern
  24. https://twitter.com/forever_gf618/status/1523087710818340864
  25. https://thehuntforbillcipher-blog.tumblr.com/
  26. https://thehuntforbillcipher-blog.tumblr.com/post/140546934865/as-for-the-actual-gravity-falls-connections-there
  27. https://twitter.com/ThePartyLincoln/status/721049548064296960
  28. https://twitter.com/forever_gf618/status/1446913868492689417
  29. https://youtu.be/_lMDP7azRMw
  30. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Benbow+Historic+Inn/@40.0681696,-123.7898463,423m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m8!3m7!1s0x54d4eb02dec26ae3:0xe211e13acb5cd9ca!5m2!4m1!1i2!8m2!3d40.0675152!4d-123.789982
  31. https://jeffrowegifs.tumblr.com/post/46492231971/parpan-brothers-benbow-inn-gravity-falls
  32. jeffrowegifs.tumblr.com
  33. https://www.tumblr.com/blog/view/jeffrowegifs/45739646245
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