Lake Okoboji Roller Coaster Roars Back to Life


By Aaron Hepker

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa (AP) — A northeast Iowa amusement park is reopening a historic roller coaster after a $250,000 rehabilitation of the attraction.

The Legend Roller Coaster roared back to life Saturday at the Arnolds Park Amusement Park, overlooking Lake Okoboji.

The Sioux City Journal reports crews spent eight months on the quarter-million dollar renovation of the 1927 roller coaster. The park says it's the 13th oldest operating wooden roller coaster in the country.

Workers replaced wood supports, raised low points in the track and made repairs to concrete footings.

Mike May, of Spirit Lake, got an early ride on Thursday. The 68-year-old has been riding the coaster since he was 15 and says the ride is now much smoother.

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