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Noah's Ark replica in Kentucky follows a flood of plans in Colorado

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A rendering of the Ark Encounter under construction.
Marijuana may have taken center stage last weekend, as thousands of pot-positive people smoked up for the annual 4/20 "holiday." But a couple of other holidays were celebrated as well: namely Passover and Easter. And as a result, there was a flood of news about a calling even higher than legalized weed, as the organizers of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky -- which "brings the pages of the Bible to life" -- said they have raised enough money to create a 510-foot-long replica of Noah's Ark.

Creation Museum president Ken Ham told USA Today and other news outlets that the ark, which will cost about $25 million, will be the largest timber-frame structure in the United States and the centerpiece of an 800-acre "Ark Encounter" park that could open by 2016. But the announcement leaves Colorado high and dry.

This isn't the first time that someone has wanted to get ahead of the rising tides. In 2001, the Messiahville Baptist Church in Longmont proposed building a Christian theme park in Broomfield that would have come complete with full-sized replicas of Noah's Ark and the Temple of Solomon.

But Broomfield denied a zoning-change request from the church (possibly because blueprints for that original ark are so hard to come by, for some reason). In 2010, the church returned to the city with a request to build a new church and school, but left the ark plans behind.

At the time, Pastor Tommy Moore told the Boulder Daily Camera that the church hadn't ruled out the concept of an ark entirely. "We still look forward to building Noah's Ark and having a complex for Christian families, but we're just biting off one bite now," he said.

Which seems like the kind of logical approach a scientist might take -- even a celebrity scientist like Bill Nye, who debated Ark Encounter's Ken Ham on the subjects of creationism and evolution at the Creation Museum earlier this month.

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James Irwin
But logic and science don't seem to fare very well when it comes to Noah's Ark. Take the case of another Colorado ark enthusiast, the late James Irwin, a NASA astronaut and pilot who became the eighth man to walk on the moon back in 1971 as part of the Apollo 15 mission.

Before joining NASA, Irwin earned graduate degrees in aeronautical engineering and instrumentation engineering, as well as various honorary degrees. But Irwin's animal instincts led him to resign from NASA and the Air Force in 1972 in order to create a Christian nonprofit in Colorado Springs called the High Flight Foundation -- a foundation with a particular interest in Noah's Ark.

And over the last twenty years of his life (Irwin died in Colorado in 1991), he and his wife, Mary, searched for the ark, leading expeditions to Mount Ararat in Turkey, where they believed its remains could be found. And last year, Mary Irwin, who still lives in Colorado Springs, published her fourth book, The Unsolved Mystery of Noah's Ark.

Here's the publisher's description: "Mary Irwin has flirted with death, climbing Mount Ararat's unforgiving glacial slopes three times. It wasn't adventure she was seeking in the Turkish frontier. She was looking for the ancient boat that saved two at a time from the great flood. Drawing from her personal experiences and 25 years of in-depth research, Irwin reveals the facts behind the final resting place of Noah's ark in her latest book.... The book examines several alleged sightings over the past 100 years and helps readers discover the truth and myth within each study. 'Mankind has been deluged with inaccuracies concerning a global flood and the ark,' Irwin says. 'Like a parrot, people just repeat what they have heard. Finding the truth behind these stories was laborious, but also truly fascinating and exhilarating.'

"Irwin's book displays her unique approach in studying the ark. Her work delves more in-depth than previous studies and seeks to validate the truth of past assertions. Through her research, she argues that the ark did not land on Mount Ararat, as commonly believed.

"So where is it?"

Kentucky, apparently -- and not Colorado.

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22 comments
heavennorthrop
heavennorthrop

I wonder how much food, shelter and medicine could be bought for the needy with 25 million dollars. 

3vilmonkey
3vilmonkey

We're spending perfectly good money on stuff like this?  To feed the fevered, delusional fantasies of religious fanatics?  THIS is a great example of why civilization will not survive much longer..

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

This actually sounds kind of bad ass. I want to see it

A Lisha Kue
A Lisha Kue

Such a waste of money on faith when hello a lot of people sin n mock god n use his name in vain ....plus that money could be going towards the hungry ... Yeah so god wants them to use the money on a remake of the ark which they don't even know looks like over feeding the hungry well don't worry your faith will feed all those children well you make money off a fake ass ark omg what a dumb ass world

Patrick Layman
Patrick Layman

The sinners and non-believers will burn eternal in the fires of the Lake Godomo. Keep luaghing

Erik Ahl
Erik Ahl

Such a waste of money!!!

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

Estes Park already built the Ark years ago and its filled with stuffed animals!! It's huge and really cool and looks amazing

Larry Rios
Larry Rios

i wish, i wish, i wish, they can hold for on second two of every kind of animal... and not them eat each other... please... i would pay good money to see this.. but if not.. i want to get paid.. for wasting my time... and i have my counsel ready to bite..

Aaron Patterson
Aaron Patterson

They are bringing " the pages of the Bible to life" just like Harry Potter land in Universal! Will it have a roller coaster?! Or better yet log flume ride!

Nathan J Soren
Nathan J Soren

Hopefully these fanatics will continue to migrate back to red states. Good riddance.

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

As long as reasonable people don't have to pay for it..

D Pops Hockaday
D Pops Hockaday

How can it be a replica ... the "Arc is fictional ..How about "Christians " do something more worthy ..Like maybe feeding the hungry and homeless. ..

heavennorthrop
heavennorthrop

Better to be in hell with the non believers than in Heaven with the Child Rapists and Murderers who repented. 

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