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A03092
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
259
Session of
2023
INTRODUCED BY LEADBETER, STEHR, STENDER, OBERLANDER, PASHINSKI,
KINSEY, KAUFFMAN, HOHENSTEIN, BRENNAN, KHAN, MOUL, HADDOCK,
CURRY AND TWARDZIK, NOVEMBER 8, 2023
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON TOURISM AND ECONOMIC AND RECREATIONAL
DEVELOPMENT, NOVEMBER 8, 2023
A RESOLUTION
Designating April 28, 2023 2024, as "Knoebels Amusement Resort
Day" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, In 1828, Reverend Hartman Henry Knoebel purchased a
plot of land in central Pennsylvania, then known as "Peggy's
Farm"; and
WHEREAS, This land was eventually passed down to his grandson
of the same name, who developed a lumbering and sawmill
business; and
WHEREAS, Roaring Creek runs through the center of the land
and drew the attention of local townsfolk looking for a place to
relax and cool off on hot summer days; and
WHEREAS, They enjoyed creek side picnics and jumping off the
covered bridge into the swimming hole below; and
WHEREAS, The swimming hole sparked an idea from Henry
Knoebel, and, in November 1925, he began construction on a large
pool in the same location where the Crystal Pool resides today;
and
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WHEREAS, On July 4, 1926, Knoebels Amusement Resort
officially opened; and
WHEREAS, In the same year, Henry Knoebel also opened a
restaurant on the grounds and featured a steam-powered carousel
operated by Philadelphia businessman, Joe Gallagher; and
WHEREAS, In 1938, Knoebels Amusement Resort purchased the
carousel from the Gallagher family, but as Knoebels Amusement
Resort continued to grow, a larger carousel was needed; and
WHEREAS, George Kremer originally built Knoebels Amusement
Resort's Grand Carousel in 1913, and renowned craftsman, Charles
Carmel, carved the horses; and
WHEREAS, It was purchased from Riverview Park in Rahway, New
Jersey, in 1941; and
WHEREAS, With this acquisition came the addition of two
organs, and Knoebels Amusement Resort remains one of only a
handful of places where guests can still catch a brass ring and
earn a free ride on the carousel; and
WHEREAS, In 1960, Pete Knoebel purchased the Pioneer Train to
honor his late father; and
WHEREAS, Pete Knoebel purchased the small train to take
riders through the woodlands surrounding Knoebels Amusement
Resort from Allen Herschell Company's Miniature Train Division;
and
WHEREAS, The Pioneer Train's track stretches a pleasant one
and a half miles through the backwoods of the park, where riders
can observe many types of wildlife; and
WHEREAS, The forested beauty of Knoebels Amusement Resort
drew many families to the area and they built cottages along the
banks of Roaring Creek, some of which remain today; and
WHEREAS, Many others camped on Knoebels Amusement Resort's
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grounds; and
WHEREAS, In 1963, Knoebels Amusement Resort introduced its
first six official campsites; and
WHEREAS, Since that time the campground has grown to more
than 550 sites and 57 log cabins; and
WHEREAS, In 1996, Knoebels Amusement Resort also acquired
nearby Lake Glory Campground; and
WHEREAS, Knoebels Amusement Resort has endured several
natural disasters, beginning with the devastating floods of
Hurricane Agnes in 1972; and
WHEREAS, Floodwaters reached 24 of the park's 25 rides, but
the park was operational only nine days later; and
WHEREAS, To celebrate the park's return, the Haunted Mansion
was designed and built by park staff and opened in 1973; and
WHEREAS, After celebrating Knoebels Amusement Resort's 50th
anniversary in 1976, the park introduced its first roller
coaster in 1977, the Jet Star; and
WHEREAS, The coaster was the first of its kind in this
Commonwealth, with a top speed of 40 miles per hour, and the
coaster thrilled riders through the 1992 season; and
WHEREAS, Knoebels Amusement Resort continued to grow and
expand, and, in 1980, it was the largest park without a major
wooden roller coaster, a distinction that ownership wanted to
change; and
WHEREAS, Originally built in 1947 for a park in San Antonio,
Texas, the Phoenix was, at the time, the largest roller coaster
to ever be moved from one park to another; and
WHEREAS, Despite much doubt that this venture would be
successful, the Phoenix opened in Knoebels Amusement Resort on
June 12, 1985, and to this day consistently places in the top 10
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wooden coasters; and
WHEREAS, In the summer of 1990, Knoebels Amusement Resort
introduced its first water ride, the Giant Flume; and
WHEREAS, Honoring the natural beauty of the valley, the flume
was built to preserve as many trees as possible, providing
riders a quick way to cool off with a bit of shade and a
pleasant splash; and
WHEREAS, On September 7, 2011, Knoebels Amusement Resort
experienced another flood, which is marked as the worst in
Knoebels Amusement Resort's history; and
WHEREAS, Roaring Creek and Mugser Run rose several feet above
flood level, with damage far exceeding the flood of 1972; and
WHEREAS, Yet with the help of staff and the community, the
park was able to reopen a mere 10 days later; and
WHEREAS, In 2007, Knoebels Amusement Resort became an even
more complete resort with the addition of Jepko's Three Ponds
Golf Course; and
WHEREAS, This course was opened and had been operated by the
Jepko family since 1959; and
WHEREAS, This acquisition by the fourth-generation members of
the Knoebel family became official on January 16, 2007, and the
course was renamed Knoebels Three Ponds; and
WHEREAS, Knoebels Amusement Resort announced in 2013 that it
was adding the park's tallest ride; and
WHEREAS, Towering at 148 feet, the StratosFear stands well
above the park's former tallest feature, the Giant Wheel; and
WHEREAS, The 45-acre amusement resort has 64 rides, 28 games,
24 gift shops, 14 attractions, 2 arcades, 34 food and beverage
locations with full-service catering available, the 900,000-
gallon Crystal Pool and park mascots: Kozmo (a chipmunk), Dexter
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(a raccoon), Piper (a red fox) and Kreeper (a Halloween
character); and
WHEREAS, Knoebels Amusement Resort is America's largest free-
admission amusement park and offers free parking, free
entertainment and free picnic facilities; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives designate April
28, 2023 2024, as "Knoebels Amusement Resort Day" in
Pennsylvania.
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