on the bee slide, and climbed across on to the stairs for the suicide
style slides (I'm assuming they used a better name). At that point, we
saw a white car sitting next to my friend's car. We freaked. It appeared
to be a crown vic. COPS!!! We panicked. We were not in a position where
we could stay the night in Fort Mill. My friend's car was legal, but it
was a sure sign that that the people that drove it there were not. We
turned around and realized how visible we were on that fake mountain.
I started scanning rooftops for snipers... a shot rang out! My buddy looks
down, his arm is bleeding badly... I knew I was next. I'm just seeing
if you're still reading and awake. This didn't happen.
We bailed quickly in fears of the cops in the white car. I now believe
that we actually saw a White Mercedes Benz drive by. On the way out, he
went by the other way, and I'm sure it was the same car.
I snapped some pictures on the way out, but nothing like I would have
liked to have snapped. Overall, it was one of the better places I've been,
but the pictures are sub par. I got nothing from the tower as we never
went inside. I got nothing from inside the mountain or the shops. We pretty
much stayed very legal. We simply couldn't afford to get busted and I
wasn't willing to risk it considering the distance, and our desire to
get home for other issues. Home was too important. The first person that
emails me bitching about lack of pictures gets an e-smack.
After we left the park, we rode around a bit and found some other interesting
sites. We checked out the Theater that is now in use by another group.
We visited the church/studio area that is half in use. The church is falling
down, but the studio (attached) is still in use. The church had holes
in the roof which prompted a few 'holy' jokes. Yeah... real creative,
I know. The stage looked like the stage you see in videos of Jim Bakker.
The PA was still hanging from the ceiling!
The pyramid was a vague memory and I had no clue where it would have been.
We asked a guy who appeared to still be waiting for Jim's return about
its location. Honestly, the guy seemed really pissed that we were in there.
We meant no disrespect and we made a point to show that. He was friendly,
but visibly pissed that we were there for the 'wrong' reasons. He was
a rarity though as everyone else I spoke with about the park has been
really really cool. He wasn't mean, he just wasn't happy with us. Anyway,
he pointed out that we had passed it on the way in. It is being reused
as an office building now.
On the way out, we passed an industrial area that appeared to be used
for grounds keeping. There were a bunch of industrial type buildings with
the windows busted up. There were several John Deere tractors there that
appear to be currently used for mowing the grounds. We also passed several
tram stops, train stations, condo's, a living camel, some goats, Ned Flanders
(pyramid passive aggressive guy), a small store, tennis courts, an old
pool, trees line with busted and stretched Christmas lights, a reconditioned
building that looked great, people living in RVs, rich people playing
golf, a go-kart track, and more. This will be a work in progress. Check
out the pictures page! This will be edited, clarified, etc. I just wanted
a good start, so please no complaining yet.
I want to thank the people from the PTL Yahoo group. If you have assumptions
about what those people will be like, you may be surprised. They are all
really friendly and willing to talk about the park, the history, etc.
The group is moderated, so please don't waste your time or the moderators
time if you're just planning to bash Mr. Bakker, religion, etc. A link
to the group can be found on the main Heritage page linked below! Also
check the links section for various sites documenting the history, timeline,
opinions, etc, of PTL, Heritage USA, the Bakkers, and more. Check out
my main site at sbno.illicitohio.com
for amusment parks, and www.illicitohio.com
for other abandoned buildings.