The best ride at Kennywood before 1998 was Le Cachot.
This ride was a Bill Tracy and Bill Cassidy collaboration that you can read about over here. It was a shame that in 1998 the ride suffered a fire and burnt down.
EDIT: Josh says:
“I wanted to make some corrections: The ride did not burn down. There was a fire but occurred after the ride was already mostly torn down. The park would have loved to have saved it but it was very outdated in regards to fire codes (the track was outdated and the building was old and in horrible condition). It would have been expensive to rebuild the building and track. The props were auctioned on ebay and sold to collectors. This was my favorite dark ride of all times and I would give almost anything to ride it one more time.”
Considering that an entire one of these rides can be bought for under $10,000 and that there is no shortage of haunters who would have helped put this together I had hoped that they would have rebuilt it. Unfortunately that did not happen. This treasure was forever lost. The remains were purchased by a haunter and to my knowledge are in storage and/or split up and re purposed into various places.
Le Cachot was my first ride of this type and the ride that cemented my love for classic Dark Rides. I only hope that one day I can be in the position to rebuild this ride myself if no one else will come forward. I am sure someone has the plans.
Anyway, here is my art tribute to Le Cachot – one of the greatest rides in Kennywood history. Click for larger:
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