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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

75th Anniversary - Kennywood Noahs Ark Ride.

Noah's Ark at Kennywood
The only Noahs Arc ride remaining in  North America is at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh, PA. They originally wanted to build an Ark in the 1920’s but the great depression delayed their plans until 1935. Kennywood’s Ark was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (now Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters), who had acquired the rights to build the Arks. The Kennywood Ark was the last one ever produced. It was completely refurbished in 1969 with new scenes, animals and stunts. The famous whale entrance was also added at that time along with a new, larger mountain. The 1996-97 season saw another major refurbishment to assure that the Ark will last for another generation. The only other two operating rides are in the United Kingdom at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and Frontierland.

Noah's Arc today, as seen on this snowy morning.