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Friday, June 7, 2013

The Boat Chute - Lake Winnie

The Boat Chute - Lake Winnie

This ride at Lake Winnie reminds me of the old Flume Zoom (or Dulcimer Splash) they had at Opryland or other similar log flume rides at most any theme park. However, this ride was a forerunner to all of those more modern flume rides. Technically, this is a Mill Chute ride and much of the ride is in a tunnel. Being in a tunnel gives you a sense of not knowing what will happen next which was considered thrilling back in the 1920's but today is relatively tame.

This ride was the first ride at Lake Winnepesaukah, built by founder Carl Dixon in 1927. According to the National Amusement Park Historical Association, it's the last "Mill Chute Ride" left in the U.S.

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