Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Noah's Ark - Say What?

"This steel skeleton occupies a sun-drenched hillside along Interstate 68 in the mountains of western Maryland. Reaching three stories high, its concrete foundation stretching the length of one-and-a-half football fields, the structure is an oddity -- as incongruous as, well, a boat on a mountaintop."
Hubs and I pass this monumental structure on our way to our son's home in Virginia. Research tells me that ground was broken in April of 1976 -- before the interstate was built. Now 30 years later it is still just a shell. It was the idea of Pastor Richard Greene who had dreams over a three month period in 1974. The Ark was to be constructed to the specifications of Noah's original Ark--450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high.
To read more about the Ark's beginnings and to see an architectural drawing of what it would look like upon completion click here.

My original photo.

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29 comments:

Thom said...

Wow...that is so cool, yet so sad that it isn't completed.

Melli said...

I passed that on my way to Wisconsin in April... I thought they were still working on it... DARN! I wish they would finish it!

Day4plus said...

I can't get your pictures to show but I did read the article. I would be nice if it could be finished. MB

Marice said...

wow thats nice! and it really look great in sepia!
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@nemonen said...

cool and creative sepia.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carletta: It is a good thing Noah wasn't a procrastinator.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Carletta: Rex Humbard started a tower to have a revolving restaurant and never finished it. There is only a tower going into the sky with nothing on top.

Patti said...

This framework lends itself well to sepia. It looks old and the sepia makes it look even older.

I like fishing guy's comment about Noah not being a procrastinator.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. ;-)

Annie said...

Carlettsa, I'm sort of stunned by this and it's age. It's really quite remarkable. Thanks for sharing.

Jientje said...

It's only a wooden framework yet it has survived remarkably well!

judi said...

Dang! I was looking forward to a ride. :) Looks good in sepia.

Ralph said...

The frame is substantial. It was an ambitious move, but really if the pastor wanted to replicate the Bible, shouldn't he have fabricated it in wood? Who's to say...An interesting view on the way through the Cumberland Gap. Nice capture, keep your camera handy when traveling...

George said...

I hadn't heard of this before -- it's fascinating. I really like the sepia version of y our photo.

Tricia said...

That is very interesting & I'm on my over to read more about it! Very cool & great subject for sepia!

Rose said...

Much better in sepia...it really does look like an old photo!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a crazy thing! I love finding eccentric things like that. Sepia was definitely a good choice and it makes a beautiful photo.

quilly said...

I suppose there will never be a next phase to this project. It just remains another chapter in the history of why the worldly think Christians are nuts.

Your photo is great and the sepia highlights the faded glory of this idea.

Robin said...

It's an ark? How bizarre. Great photos though, and I loved the snowcapped bows from yesterday - so Christmasy.

maryt/theteach said...

Carletta, I was so surprised when I saw work was started in 1976... wonder why it stopped construction?

maryt/theteach said...

Love the beautiful RED bow and rose i n the snow too! Couldn't get the Ruby Tuesday post to open...

Nessa said...

Very interesting.

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Becky and Gary said...

My goodness what in the world would you do with it now? Hmmm, how about a giant Purple Martin house... LOL
B.

kaye said...

interesting photo and history--it's too bad it didn't get finished.

Craver Vii said...

I wonder if it will ever get done. Noah's original took 100 years to build. The Noahic flood makes for an interesting study, if one takes it seriously. I doubt that o'l Noah would be so foolish as to collect full grown giraffes and elephants and such. Plus, when we think of dinosaurs, our mind goes to the T-rex, but most species of dinosaurs were about the size of a chicken. I don't doubt that Noah's family tended dinosaurs on the real ark.

Raven said...

Interesting. How sad to have such a big dream and only get so far.

Stephany said...

Another great shot! I would love to see this structure in person. It's a shame it was never finished.

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