Schenectady Gazette, May 16 1979
High on a hill in Ghost Town, a 1,530-foot mechanical marvel – the only one of it’s kind in the northeast – pumping 250,000 gallons of water stands ready for its winding, thrilling inaugural plunge.
When Storytown, USA opens on May 27, an expected 1,400 people an your will experience a thrill ride. Storytown’s $2 million flume ride, appropriately named the Desperado Plunge, which utilizes the downhill flow of water to carry 24 free-floating barrel-shaped boats along an exciting course.
The Desperado begins its plunge high above the Gost Town train, sweeps around the steep hillside, curls into a dark building amidst shrieks of simulated buzz saw sounds and then winds back out into the light again, coming to a splashing finish. Storytown’s new Desperado Plunge is the only flume ride in the country that is built around a mountain and is also one of the longest rides of its kind.
Another new ride in Ghost Town this summer will be the Tumbleweek – a skydiver ride which resembles a ferris wheel with individual seats that rotate, like planets around the sun.
Desperado Plunge and the Tumbleweed join the many features at Ghost Town, including the Tornado Ride and mule-powered Merry-Go-Round. A brand new shooting gallery is under construction and Dan McGrew’s saloon will now feature barbecued ribs and corn on the cob for hungry visitors.
Ghost Town is probably one of the most memorable corners of Storytown, USA, with it’s convincing shoot-outs, and bank robberies, saucy Can Can Revue, brilliant stage shows starring the Trotter Brothers Marionettes, and Gordy Peer and his “Cowboy Schoolhouse”.
With the addition of five new attractions, a total of 40 rides and shows are now included in one admission ticket.
Located on Route 9 between Lake George and Glens Falls, three minutes from Exits 19 and 20 of the Adirondack Northway.
Storytown hours are 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Closed the first three Fridays in June, Storytown will be open seven days a week from then until Labor Day. Storytown’s schedule after Labor Day will be announced at a later date.
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