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They also posted this...I bet for many it's hard to believe its been almost 40 years since the park opened.

Is the small tree lined road near the entrance the old (I believe it's called) Columbia Road? Also, is that I71 further out, or is that Kings Island Drive? It's kind of hard to tell without the parking lot there for comparison. I'm glad KI hasn't released more of these pics because I wouldn't get anything done!

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They also posted this...I bet for many it's hard to believe its been almost 40 years since the park opened.

Is the small tree lined road near the entrance the old (I believe it's called) Columbia Road? Also, is that I71 further out, or is that Kings Island Drive? It's kind of hard to tell without the parking lot there for comparison. I'm glad KI hasn't released more of these pics because I wouldn't get anything done!

Although I'm not sure if the road in the distance is Kings Island Drive, or I-71, I do know that the tree lined road you see is in fact Columbia Rd. Before KI was built, Columbia Rd. did not end at Western Row, but rather stretched all the way down to Kings Mills Rd. Upon construction of Kings Island, the road was essentially "cut off" at Western Row Rd. (with the remnants in the parking lot becoming an employee access/service road.) Actually, if you drive down Kings Mills Rd. north of the park, and turn onto the small road where Kings High School is, you will find that the road seemingly ends at a fence just past Great Wolf Lodge, and behind Flight Deck. That is part of the former Columbia Rd.

Another interesting thing is that while riding the KI & MV RR, when passing Boomerang Bay and entering the turn around, look down at the ground, and you will see the crumpled remains of an old blacktop driveway which used to come off of Columbia. Please correct me if I'm wrong (Terpy, or anyone else with great knowledge :P ) but I think that the old driveway used to lead to what is now the "Mary Rose Inn" building, which was at one point a real residence.

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that cant possibly be i-71 think about it that cornfield looking area is the current parking lot it has to be ki drive. on a side note i have to admit till u guys started talking about the roads i was totally looking at this pic backwards thinking the top part of pic was where IT is now not thinking o yea its probably taken from IT lol but now it all makes scence :-)

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They also posted this...I bet for many it's hard to believe its been almost 40 years since the park opened.

Is the small tree lined road near the entrance the old (I believe it's called) Columbia Road? Also, is that I71 further out, or is that Kings Island Drive? It's kind of hard to tell without the parking lot there for comparison. I'm glad KI hasn't released more of these pics because I wouldn't get anything done!

Although I'm not sure if the road in the distance is Kings Island Drive, or I-71, I do know that the tree lined road you see is in fact Columbia Rd. Before KI was built, Columbia Rd. did not end at Western Row, but rather stretched all the way down to Kings Mills Rd. Upon construction of Kings Island, the road was essentially "cut off" at Western Row Rd. (with the remnants in the parking lot becoming an employee access/service road.) Actually, if you drive down Kings Mills Rd. north of the park, and turn onto the small road where Kings High School is, you will find that the road seemingly ends at a fence just past Great Wolf Lodge, and behind Flight Deck. That is part of the former Columbia Rd.

Another interesting thing is that while riding the KI & MV RR, when passing Boomerang Bay and entering the turn around, look down at the ground, and you will see the crumpled remains of an old blacktop driveway which used to come off of Columbia. Please correct me if I'm wrong (Terpy, or anyone else with great knowledge :P ) but I think that the old driveway used to lead to what is now the "Mary Rose Inn" building, which was at one point a real residence.

That drive way is known as the Brant Connector. It was the driveway of the Brant family farm until KI bought there land to make Waterworks.

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