John Keenan has been working on the mill ride for 59 years. "We were their last customers of the night." His grandfather from Oklahoma had built and run the Mill at the Minnesota fair (and operated other attractions, including a mill at the Iowa State Fair that was sold in 1972) until his death in 1935, when John’s father took over. Leslie Ball and Ochen Kaylan have been the last ones to ride Ye Old Mill for the season for the last fifteen years. "The River Caves of the World" at Pleasure Beach, Blackpool. Summer’s end had always been the busiest time of the year for the Keenan family — scraping and painting, building boats and greasing gears, and filling the concrete moat with 60,000 gallons of water. "I did some maneuvering to figure out how I could sit in a boat with Leslie, when there was a big group of us," Kaylan said. "Every year, when they close down for the year, they unscrew the light bulb in the ticket booth before they start breaking everything down. "Pretty much, that's how it's designed," said Jim Keenan, John's son, and the youngest generation running the ride. John Keenan has been working on the mill ride for 59 years. Fair spokesperson Lara Hughes said this week: “Some of the updates have included: a new motor and boats, paint touchups, updated mechanics, updating of the vignettes on display through the tunnel and a new ticket booth. They've been the last passengers on Ye Old Mill ride for the last 15 years, since they bought the fair's final fare in 2000. The mill chute is considered the predecessor to the modern-day log flume. They were 10 cent hot dogs when I started.”, Generations of Keenans posing in front of Ye Old Mill. Known as the world's oldest operating old mill attraction, the ride has been renamed and rethemed several times, to "Around-the-World" in 1954, "Hard-Headed Harrold's Horrendously Humorous Haunted Hideaway" in 1974, and "Garfield's Nightmare" in 2004. (Photo from Minnesota State Fair Archives). The tunnel of love was a favorite source of amusing scenes in Hanna-Barbera television series such as The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and Scooby-Doo, among others, often in a chase sequence gag in which rivals or combatants are shown entering the ride, then exiting in a romantic embrace. The State Fair's Ye Old Mill turns 100 years old. And when his father grew ill, John took over for good and eventually moved his family to the Twin Cities in 1967. Here, he holds a board that has been used for years to make sure the width of the walls around the trough are the same year to year. A tunnel of love is seen in a 1996 episode of Hey Arnold!
The family still gathers every summer to run the ride together. Riders travel slowly on themed boats along an artificial river that meanders through decorated caves and tunnels featuring different themed scenes of lighting, sounds, props, animatronics, or other visual effects. The siding and porch are new, and I'd heard that there was "all new stuff" inside. For Jerry Hammer, the Fair's general manager, the past is perfectly preserved at the Ye Old Mill. "You know, just as buddies, sitting in the dark, and listening to the waves lap against the boat. As we reported a few days ago, Ye Old Mill, the 1915 "water dark ride" of the Kansas State Fair, has had a face lift for 2006. Anytime I hear words like "new", "updated", etc., when applied to a classic building, I shiver. Local Hospitality Company Rolls with the Punches, 3M Forms Coalition to Guide Racial Equity Investments, Twin Cities Office Market Holds Steady in Third Quarter, Pandemic Fallout: Alchemy 365 Closes Uptown Studio, Downtown Retailer Hubert White Bets on Edina for Holidays. No painting or pounding or patching. While generally considered a gentle ride, a variation that ends with a climactic splashdown, similar to the modern-day log flume, is known as a mill chute.
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