This seems a bit off the wall to me, but looks like the people down in Lincoln, IL want to build a HUGE statue of Abraham Lincoln - then surround it with other attractions/rides etc.
From the article in the Sun Times: "The project near Interstate 55 could expand to include historical exhibits, along with rides, shows and other attractions similar to Six Flags or Disney World, Steffens said."
Seems like a long shot for the "park"....and the statue, well, reminds me a bit of the Jolly Green Giant I saw in Blue Earth, MN -- though sounds like they want to make Abe a LOT bigger than the Giant!
Anyways, just found it interesting that they referred to both Six Flags and Disney.
This is crazy... I live in Bloomington (just north of Lincoln) and they have been talking about this for a few years...
I found an old article on their local paper (the copyright on the bottom of the page says 2001). It includes a massive powerpoint presentation with pictures of this thing, with exhibits on what other cities do with big monuments. There is a total of 112 slides, which took forever on my poor modem.
I don't know how much of it is true today. When you see the pictures, you can see why this was forgotten for a few years. I don't believe that the Sun-Times actually talked about it.. I thought the idea was dead, or it was a slow news day in Chicago.
Maybe they are still serious.. Associated Press picked up on the story. I can see why it made all three major Chicago papers. It also made the paper in Peoria. It may be in the paper in Bloomington in the next day or two.
The scary part is that they claim that you can see it for 20 miles, which can happen around here. I live about 25 miles from Lincoln, that even scarier.
If they were to put rides around it, I am guessing they would be more like carnival rides such as the spin and puke flats. It would be cool if there were actually a decent sized coaster there. I'm a ways from lincoln, but it would be worth a trip on my way to St. Louis
My mind is full of jokes now about a Forbes Theater themed ride/attraction :)
"Come and ride the new coaster, it's four score and seven stories tall!"
A log ride themed to his old log cabin.
Of course, those from Central IL know that the Lincoln Home in Springfield is where all the hookers hang out....seriously (no, I don't know from personal experiance! :) But I did read the "police beat" in the Springfield paper for years ) Hope this lincoln attraction would be a little less sleazy at night! *** Edited 1/21/2004 6:17:39 AM UTC by Peabody***
Im from Peoria, about 40 minutes from Lincoln, and this sounds absurd. Couldnt see it happening, and if somehow it does, there's no way it could have anything bigger than a few flats and kiddie coasters.
Honestly, with the amount of proposed parks in Illinois in the past two years, I wouldn't take this seriously until actual construction began. I hope it comes true, but it doesn't sound like a solid concept for a park.
Simple fact of the matter is there's just not enough people around downstate Illinois to support a large or even not so large amsuement park.(unless we're talking close to STL, but theyve got six flags) Id bet over half of the population of Illinois live within 50 miles of Chicago.
stljason1- Ya, but thats because there are hundreds of suburbs around Chicago! When I ask people where they are from when they say Illinois, they say the suburbs of Chicago. But we people down in Cental Illinois make the trip to Sfgam so if there would happen to be a park down here maybe some would come down to the park here, that is if they had a few decent coasters! :)