WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — A lot of Kennywood fans were upset when the decision was made to close to the Log Jammer, but one local realtor now owns a piece of history.

The Log Jammer opened May 11, 1975, complete with several curves and 90,000 gallons of rushing water. It could take up to 1,200 riders an hour on a crowded day on a hollowed-out log.

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It was also Kennywood’s first million-dollar attraction.

However, when Kennywood decided it was the log’s last jam, people started feeling nostalgic. This led Kennywood to offer one of the logs in a charity auction.

Today, the winner got to pick up the historic flume.

“I’ve always wanted to own an amusement park,” said Micahel Cowden. “Can’t afford one yet, so I thought I’d have a little piece of one. A little piece of history.”

Cowden paid a pretty penny for the log.

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“I tried to scare everyone off,” he said. “I bid $5,000 on first bid, thinking it would scare everybody, hour later, it was like at 8-grand, then it went above ten, started to feel a little more comfortable and we ended up being the winning bidder.”

The final tally – $11,100.

It’s money well-spent because it goes to a charity that gives critically ill children a Florida vacation.

Cowden owns a real estate company and plans to use it in a marketing campaign.

“We’re actually going to put this into the water and see if it floats,” he said. “Try to do a marketing piece for our company.”

As for nostalgia, Cowden says he spent many summers waiting in line for his turn on the Log Jammer.

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“Some people want Ferraris, some people want a million-dollar house, I wanted a Log Jammer.”

Kristine Sorensen