A new museum dedicated to the history of roller coasters and amusement parks could be on its way to Plainview, Texas, after $10,000 was approved by the Planview City Council (8-0). The president of Larsen International, Jeff Novotny, approached the City Manager of Plainview, Greg Ingham, about opening an attraction in the Texas town about the preservation of roller coaster and amusement park history. Larson International is a company in Plainview that constructs amusement rides. The city manager was also approached by other members of the NRCMA (National Roller Coaster Museum and Archive) regarding this specific request. The organization has already taken several steps in making this all become a reality. Gary Slade, a member of NRCMA said, "We have formed a 501-(c)(3) non-profit corporation (in Texas), we own land here in Plain view, we have already acquired several roller coaster cars, old neon signage and hundreds of pages of documentation and archives surrounding the industry."
The NRCMA owns a 2,600 size facility, which plans to double its size by the end of the year so it will be over 5,000 square feet by then. Gary Slade also says the NRCMA is also in the process of acquiring many other roller coaster cars as well as other significant coaster parts in addition to everything it already owns today. The parks it plans on getting these artifacts from include Six Flags over Texas, Busch Gardens, and Disneyland.
The museum not only would provide a tourist attraction around the town of Plainview, it would also act as an educational opportunity for students to take field trips to and visit. Subjects such as science, physics, math, and more could all be put into play with this facility where students could use the subject matter in the museum to broaden their skills in these subjects hands on.
Slade went on and said after each time an article is put out about the opening of this facility and where things stand on regarding its opening, that he gets phone calls all across the country and even the world asking about ticket costs, hours, and directions. The museum is not even open yet and questions are already arising on a global level regarding these characteristics. The future and success of this facility is already looking to be very promising.
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