Colorado’s Newest Roller Coaster Isn’t New – Making it All the More Awesome
By now you've heard about the "new" roller coaster coming to Colorado's Lakeside Amusement Park. As it turns out, the attraction really isn't new. It's been traveling around the United States for years.
Where did this roller coaster begin its journey? That's the tricky part. According to 9news.com, the ride's whereabouts for its first few years on Earth aren't known. This particular roller coaster, called a Ziklon, was designed to be portable. It's first documented home was in Shreveport, Louisiana. That location, Hamel's Amusement Park, designated it "Thunderail."
From there, it made stops in Branson, Missouri, and then Chesaning, Michigan.
For a while, it had the distinction of serving as Nebraska's only roller coaster. During its ten year residency in Omaha, it was known as Big Ohhhh! The owners of that park chose to sell it after deciding to convert the property to a water park.
How much will one of these little beauties set you back? According to 9news.com, there are two currently on the market for $200,000.00. That's right, $200,000.00. You can barely buy a modest house in Grand Junction for that amount. The price seems pretty reasonable, to me at least.
Lakeside Amusement Park is still at work putting this thing together. Keep your eyes open, and be ready for it to open to the public. This may warrant a trip over the mountain.