God's Ark of Safety

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Coordinates: 39°38′02″N 78°55′47″W / 39.633952°N 78.929622°W / 39.633952; -78.929622

God's Ark of Safety is a non-denominational Christian ministry in Frostburg, Maryland, led by Pastor Everett Spence.[1] On Easter, 1976, former Pastor Richard Greene began building a replica of Noah's Ark atop a prominent hillside along what is now Interstate 68 featuring a sign that announces to passing travelers: "Noah's Ark Being Rebuilt Here!"[2] Ground was broken for the ark in September 1976 with over 3,000 tons of concrete. The foundation and earthwork were built to biblical proportions, around 450 by 75 by 45 feet, which is about one and a half football fields long.[3]

The Ark in June 2017. Concrete footers show that only a small portion of the steel is in place.

As of 2019, the structure is still just a frame.

The Ark is featured on the front cover and chapter 4 of Timothy Beal's book Roadside Religion: In Search of the Sacred, the Strange, and the Substance of Faith. In the book Scrambled Eggs at Midnight by Frostburg writer Brad Barkley, there is a reference to the Ark in the pre-chapter section listing places that one should see when traveling across the country. It is also mentioned in Barkley's story "The Way It's Lasted."

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  1. ^ "God's Ark of Safety - our pastor". www.godsark.org. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  2. ^ Cleary, Caitlin (16 April 2006). "If the flood comes too soon, this ark won't be quite ready". Local News. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 18 January 2009. Retrieved 2006-04-16.
  3. ^ Beal, Timothy (2005). Nowaday Noah. Beacon Press.

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