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    Cyburbian Cardinal's avatar
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    Bible theme park: good Lord, this thing is going up near me

    BROOMFIELD A plan to build a large Bible theme park complete with a 34,000-square-foot Noah's Ark has been resurrected.... His plans for Messiahville USA include a worship and educational center, a Bible theme park, a 9,000-plot cemetery, senior housing and areas for farming, historical attractions, wildlife habitat and recreation....

    The plans include a Noah's Ark Park that Moore said would be built in the second phase. The full-sized model of Noah's Ark would be accompanied by a re-creation of the Old Testament Tabernacle, a children's Bible theme park and a picnic and playground area.

    Moore put years of research and a trip to Turkey into the planning.

    Plans for the Bible theme park include a water slide that will lead children into the belly of a whale, a merry-go-round designed as a chariot and a miniature golf course that takes players from Jerusalem to Jericho.

    In addition to the theme park, plans call for a 45-foot prayer tower at the entrance to the complex....


    http://www.broomfieldenterprise.com/...l/06ames.shtml

    Al we need are more bible-thumpers in the area. What's a pagan to do?

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    I hope it doesn't resemble what we had. Anybody remember PTL and Jim Baker? Most of these people give Chistians a bad name!!!

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    You better start worshipping the Bible, speaking in tongues, and going to church, because your terrible reign of atheism is about to end.

    Would approved/denial of this project be subject to RILUPA?

    Do the neighbors realize their quaint country roads are about to go bye-bye?

    Cardinal,
    Now is your time to become a NIMBY.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    The story is dated April 6, 2002. Have they done anything since then? Any sign of the ark or prayer tower? I bet the people in Boulder just love it. Now they have another dart to fling at their suburbs.

    Baker's Heritage USA is still operating isn't it? Or did it go bankrupt as his TV empire went down the tubes?
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    This won't be in Boulder, but about 15 miles due east, along I-25. The article was from 2002 because it was the best one I could find describing the project. Construction has begun with a residence and storage building.
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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal
    ...Construction has begun with a residence and storage building.
    So this will be a holy blessed self-storage facility, too. Yippeee!
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    If I were a Christian, which I'm not, then I wouldn't EVER build an ark to the Bible's specifications, because people would come and look at it and go, "Yeah, right, like all those animals got in there." Once that seed of doubt is planted, it spreads like weeds.

    Actually, reading the article, it doesn't sound that horrible. Senior housing, wildlife habitat, and a cemetery are all things that I appreciate. Too bad the Bible theme park will offset it all.
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    I guess we all know now where the 62' tall styrofoam Jesus is going to be headed after the holidays!
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    Wow The theme park doesn't sound all that bad, but Messiahville????

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    Could be worse. Michael Jackson could be involved.

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    Related - They are not the only one's doing this -

    Everytime I drive I-68 in Western Maryland I see this:
    Rebuilding Noah's Ark
    Their website: http://www.godsark.org/index.html
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


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    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    30 years and all they have is some of the steel erected? Sounds like the pastor should have taken a more philosphical interpretation of his vision.

    It must have been difficult to convert cubits to feet. Its hard to find architects familiar with Biblical forms of measurement.
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    Quote Originally posted by boilerplater
    30 years and all they have is some of the steel erected? Sounds like the pastor should have taken a more philosphical interpretation of his vision.

    It must have been difficult to convert cubits to feet. Its hard to find architects familiar with Biblical forms of measurement.
    It took Noah 120 years to build the "Ark I." Looks like this project is right on schedule.
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    Quote Originally posted by mendelman
    Cardinal,
    Now is your time to become a NIMBY.
    Heck, me too. And I'll be 40 miles north....
    You get all squeezed up inside/Like the days were carved in stone/You get all wired up inside/And it's bad to be alone

    You can go out, you can take a ride/And when you get out on your own/You get all smoothed out inside/And it's good to be alone
    -Peart

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    Will they make cheese? Blessed are the cheesemakers for they.... oh I forget...

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA
    Related - They are not the only one's doing this -

    Everytime I drive I-68 in Western Maryland I see this:
    Rebuilding Noah's Ark
    Their website: http://www.godsark.org/index.html
    Whatever floats your boat.

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    Sounds like something off a Simpsons episode

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    Again, God must be wondering why these people seem to be making fun of him and making money off him, rather than worshiping him.

    It a way though, how is it worse than a theme park based on Disney characters or superheroes?

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    Heritage USA

    ...in it's current state. Have a look for yourself:

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    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


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    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Look at those sites with pics of Heritage USA...its amazing how fast a plce like that decays and gets overgrown once its abandoned. My mom went there once. I'll have to show her these. On second thought, might not be a good idea. It is the season of goodwill and all. Must be sad to see for the millions that spent time there and spent $1000 to be lifetime members.
    Adrift in a sea of beige

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    What is really sad about Heritage USA is that Jim Baker started out with a true mission and let himself get caught up in the star thing. By the time it played out, Jim and Tammy were almost charactatures of what they started out as. Very sad indeed.

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    Are these things going to pop up everywhere?

    Yorkshire, UK is going to have its very own Bible Park with a life size Arc and a Garden of Eden Biodome.

    Full story is at: http://society.guardian.co.uk/urband...443991,00.html

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    Here is a 2002-dated color terraserver image of the park:

    http://terraserver-usa.com/image.asp...270&Y=9699&W=3

    From browsing around in the area, it is NOT an easy location to get to, about 3-4 klicks southeast of its main I-77 interchange.

    Here is the abandoned amusement park by the I-77 interchange. If you click on the 'topo map' tab, you will see how it straddles the North Carolina-South Carolina state line:

    http://terraserver-usa.com/image.asp...263&Y=9710&W=3

    (check out the water in that wave pool )

    (ain't urban archeology fun!)

    Mike

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    I thought Disneyfication was dead; resurrection is right. Don't worry, it won't last, even if it gets funded. I've noticed several defunct theme parks of all pursuasions. I am sickeningly glad to see some funky stuff coming from another state. It just happens that we have a weird pres. from Texas. I promise we're not all like that. Mostly we just like fajitas, and yes, a few of us do attend church. Maybe we should connect the two? hmm.

    Sweet Terraserver imagery, BTW. I didn't know they had loaded 2002 photos.

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