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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK. — A private company has struck a deal with the U. S. National Park Service to purchase and relocate one of the most iconic landmarks of the National Parks. According to Brett Wizlowinski, General Manager of Advanced Projects for Reston Entertainment Corporation, Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park will be moved to a yet-to-be announced location somewhere between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Wizlowinski said that work will begin next summer to disconnect all the controls, pumps and plumbing and dismantle the rockwork around the geyser. “At the same time,” he said, “construction will begin on a 87,600,000 square foot, climate-controlled building where the geyser will be installed.” Construction is expect to be completed and the geyser, to be renamed “New Faithful,” relocated within three years.
“We would have liked to move Old Faithful sooner, but high water temperatures and high water pressures required us to proceed more slowly with the geyser’s disassembly than we had originally anticipated,” noted Wizlowinski.
Literature provided to Err Travel by Reston described the use of a dynamic model of the geyser to change the timing of the eruptions to better coincide with visitor attendance.
Moreover, according to Reston spokesperson Jessica laRoache, “Even though New Faithful will be located in a climate controlled facility, holographic images of scenes from northwest Wyoming surrounding the installation will offer a feeling of the outdoors to visitors.”
According to laRoache, plans are in the works to also relocate geysers from New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Brazil and Iceland to give the exhibit a more “international feel.”
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