Restoration Work Begins On Old IA Roller Coaster
by Associated Press
December 06, 2012 11:51 AM
The mild fall weather has let workers begin the $250,000 restoration of the 85-year-old Legend Roller Coaster at Historic Arnolds Park amusement park in the northwest Iowa town of Arnolds Park.
The work had been scheduled to start this coming spring.
Workers are replacing 575 feet of track and catwalks, along with making other improvements. They also are replacing steel supports added to reinforce old wood about 25 years ago. The steel didn't flex, which is contrary to the characteristics of a wooden roller coaster.
Park officials say the nearly 1,500-foot ride, built in 1927, is the 13th-oldest operating wooden roller coaster in the country.