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Grand Canyon Theme Park

January 29, 1989

Grand Canyon, Ariz. — Plans are developing here for the construction of a major amusement and recreationaltheme park. The park coincides with the revival of the turn-of-the-century steam train that ran along old Route 66 in Williams, Ariz. north to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Expected to cost about $80 million, the project will cover more than 1,000 acres of northern Arizona in the Williams/Grand Canyon area.

The resurrected steam train will link Grand Canyon National Park to new lodging, dining and shopping facilities, and a big Old West entertainment complex. The first phase of development will include restoration of steam passenger service that operated from 1901 until 1968. Steam locomotives and passenger coach cars of 1900 vintage are being restored in time for an inaugural run in April, 1990.

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