*The trick waterfall scene, once found in many Old Mills and dark rides nationwide, is also active in Knoebel’s Haunted House dark ride in Pennsylvania

*The cave TNT kegs and falling rock scenes are reminiscent of those once seen in the former Lincoln Park Mystery Ride (North Dartmouth, MA) and the Hell ‘N’ Back ride in the former Rockaway Park, NY. A tipping stack of dynamite boxes can currently be found in Frankenstein’s Castle, Pirates Fun Park, Salisbury Beach, MA

*The skull with glowing eyes, right after the waterfall, is very similar to one designed by the late, legendary Bill Tracey. One such piece was recently removed from Zombie Castle at Playland Park, Rye, NY. Canobie’s skull is one of the stunts retained from its Haunted Mine rendition.

*The pop-up Reaper head brings back memories of the Jersey Devil, a classic stunt created by the former Pretzel Amusement Ride Company. That stunt can still be found in two existing Pretzel dark rides; one at Sylvan Beach, NY and another at Keansburg, NJ.

Waterfall above cave entrance
Water enters channel from left and runs downward from edge.
As riders reach gate, trough is rotated upward and diverts water into receptacle at right.

*The park in located on North Policy Street, hence the fictious Policy Mine Company

*A huge air compressor hidden outside the building animates most stunts. Trunk lines run through the ceiling, transporting the air to the stunts. A backup air compressor is in place, if needed.

*Motion detectors trigger all stunts

All of the sound bites are on digital memory chips.

*Only the outside spiel of Jeremiah Jones is on CD. Jeremiah Jones’ movement controls and voice are contained on a CD disk and include bow, head nod, head tilt left, head turn right, eye blinks, left and right eye turns and mouth movements, according to Canobie ride mechanic John Reed

*Most of the show operations are programmed on memory chips in a hidden workshop. The displays that are not controlled from the workshop are the skull, the dynamite scene and the falling rock

*There is a fleet of 10 cars but seven run at a time. A conveyor system on the loading platform keeps the line moving


Main air compressor

John Reed
Chief maintenance supervisor for
"The Mine of Lost Souls"

*According to Mr. Reed, all of the Sally Corporation-designed figures have a body shell made mostly of clear plastic pieces formed to the shape of a body attached to a steel frame. Where clothing does not cover the body, latex rubber is used to provide the look of skin

*The showering miner's frame was eventually replaced with stainless steel because the old steel frame rotted out from the water. After all, he’s in the shower 10 hours a day!

*Don’t even think about jumping out or touching something. (A mortal sin for any true amusement park enthusiast!) The ride has one of the most technically sophisticated monitoring systems designed to catch troublemakers red-handed

*Gallons of Gunite were used in creating the likeness of boulders for both the façade and the interiors

*The rumbling heard on the loading platform and inside the ride is a sound effect called “Rumble Chaos” - a low-end bass sound on memory chip, amplified by huge, hidden speakers

*Look hard enough and you’ll find an outside remnant from the 1985-1991 rendition. A “Haunted Mine” sign is at the far right of the façade

*Listen carefully for the many sound hits, especially the hilarious exchange from the miners in the blasting area and the ramblings of the chess player in the water basin

Canobie Lake Park is an enchanting, tree-lined, traditional park with a unique combination of classic and contemporary amusements for all ages. It celebrates its 100th anniversary this year (2002). Check it out. It’ll be good for YOUR soul!

This author gives special thanks to:

John Reed for spending hours guiding us through the mine and for preventing me from getting doused by the waterfall during the walking tour. Also, for his dedication in keeping the ride in tip-top shape.

Tom Morrow for giving us valuable background information and for sharing our belief in the importance of a dark ride to an amusement park.

Our editor Bret Malone for his research and creative director Bill Luca for his design and photography

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