• Prologue

    A Short History of the "Historic Tram Stop"

    Heritage USA Entrance Sign View of the Tram Stop from the Waterpark Heritage USA  Park Map circa 1986

       In 1978 Heritage USA, opened as a camp ground, and by 1986 grew to be the 3rd most visited theme park in the world attracting over 6 million visitors annually and employing around 2,500 people. Only Walt Disney World and Disneyland were visited more in the 80's. The facilities included the 501-room Heritage Grand Hotel, Main Street USA, an indoor shopping complex, the Heritage Village Church, a 400-unit campground, The Jerusalem Amphitheater, conference facilities, a skating rink, prayer and counseling services, full cable TV network production studios, Bible and evangelism school, visitor retreat housing, staff and volunteer housing, timeshares and the Heritage Island water park and recreational facilities.

       With the amount of interior traffic there was constructed a great transportation system of trains and trams to navigate through the park, pedestrians and road traffic. The main hub of this network was the now Historic Tram Stop. It was “The Connection Point” to get from anywhere to anywhere within Heritage USA. It was also the gateway to the Waterpark until its closing in 1989.

       During the 15 year interim between PTL closing its doors and MorningStar opening its doors, the Tram Stop along with much of the Heritage USA property had fallen into disrepair.

       After MorningStar began restoring the Heritage property, Bob and Bonnie Jones would walk around the lake each day starting and ending at the Historic Tram Stop which overlooks the lake. About half way around the lake they would stop at a triangular point jetting out a couple feet from the walkway.

       From this point they would pray and prophesy over the Body of Christ, Church Leadership and their families, the land, the area's ministries, local, state and national government and also Israel and its leaders. Their prayer point coincidentally aims directly at the Tram Stop.

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    The Vision Page

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