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Maybe Dick Knoebels bought it at auction and its sitting in storage to one day be put in use? We can dream, right?
I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if that happened.
None of the classic rides are in storage at Knoebels. The Lindy Loop was bought by a traveling carnival in either Mexico or South America. The Hey Dey was bought by an individual who had plans of starting his own amusement park. Both that ride and a Caterpillar ride were on his property many years ago, exposed to the elements. If they are still there they are in no better shape than Chippewa's Tumble Bug. The antique bumper cars (black frames with silver grills) were for sale the day he was there and has no idea what happened to them. Likewise, the Looper, Wild Mouse, Go-Karts, Flying Skooters, and Octopus are all unknown as to their location. A "partial remains" pile at the park included some parts of a Bubble Bounce.
Both coasters were removed before the park closed. The Fly Wheel and one of the cars were still in the woods right before the park closed. There's no info on the small out & back kiddie coaster (which used Allan Herschell trains on wood track) but it was torn down a few years before the park closed.
There was some speculation that rides were also sold to a small park north of Barnesville, PA. He dismisses Pine Lake and assumes it was another park at the time that was in New Tripoli, PA, possibly Ontelaunee Park.
From what I remember people telling me when I was younger, some of the rides there were owned by other people who paid a portion of their revenues to the park. The Hey Dey was one of those rides, unless the guy running it was full of BS.
The "big" coaster (a Miller according to RCDB) was gone before I can remember-- so that would be around the early to mid 60s. The small coaster was the first one I ever rode.
New Tripoli is south of Barnesville, not north. Not to say things weren't sold to Ontelaunee. Parks to the north would include Angela Park outside Hazleton, or Rocky Glen (aka various other names) in Moosic. Angela closed 2 or 3 years after Lakewood, and I don't think Rocky Glen made it through the 80s either. Maybe he's thinking of one of those parks.
I believe that the Hey-Dey was privately owned. I just don't believe it was owned by the guy who collected the tickets at the entrance. But in his favor, he did give us a lot of free rides because he knew my aunt and uncle.
Hey,hey,hey, just so you know... "that era" I'm talking about was the 70's. Don't make me seem older than I already feel.
I was referring to the era before that era ;)
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