21.1.18

A BOAT RIDE DOWN MEMORY LANE.

There's apparently an honest-to-Thomas Edison Old Mill ride at the Minnesota State Fair.
Fourth-generation operator Jim Keenan said the decision to sell a big part of family history was in the making for a couple of years, as it was time-consuming to run and maintain the one-of-a-kind ride. The fair, he said, was the perfect buyer because “we wanted to see what we could do to be sure it would be around another 100 years.”

He believes the fair will maintain the integrity of the ride, which is still powered by its original motor dating to 1898, and do the necessary maintenance.
The 2018 State Fair will run August 23 to September 3.

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