Longest line of coins-world record set by Fort Scott
SCOTT, KS, USA-- Members of the Fort
Scott Youth Activities Team and the community laid
40 miles of coins, breaking the previous world record of 34.57
miles, set in Malaysia.
Volunteers raise their arms in celebration after laying what
they hope will be the fastest mile of pennies in history.
Photo Kansas City Star
record comes on the heels of another record on Thursday night,
in which the team laid the fastest mile chain of pennies in
a time of 2:23.01. The project began at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Fort Scott's record-breaking score beat the United Kingdom's
record by one minute and 14 seconds.
“I’m just as surprised as I was at this point
last night,” team member Diana Mitchell said Friday. “I’m
pretty high in the air. This is pretty awesome.”
The sea of pennies serves a purpose. The
$33,790 (more than 10 tons) raised will serve as starter money
to improve the nearby Ellis Park. The park improvements would
add batting cages, a miniature golf course, volleyball and
basketball courts, and a walking/running trail around the
park. The improvements to the park are expected to cost $4
“It is so wonderful to be part on a community
that believes in something and comes out to lay coins,” Mitchell
said. “So many people said they just came out to look, but
they ended up helping out. “I’ve been here three days and
I can’t go home. It’s pretty addictive.”
Local philanthropist Danny Ellis, whom Ellis Park
is named for, attended a Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce
Coffee Thursday morning hosted by YAT
members at the penny-laying site. Ellis said he was there
to view the penny project for the first time, and that he
has been very pleased to work with the YAT committee on a
plan to improve the park.
"Looking out here, I'd say I'm impressed," Ellis
said. "This is leadership that has stepped forward, and everybody's
pulling on the same end of the rope. This will mean nothing
but positive things for the community. It's the best voluntary
leadership I've seen in probably 40 years."
Ellis said he was thrilled when YAT members contacted
him about a possible plan to improve and expand Ellis Park,
and has supported YAT activities and the penny project since
"I've had no objection to improving the park,"
Ellis said. "This (project) is just the beginning as far as
Ellis Park, which Ellis said he donated to the
City of Fort Scott and Bourbon County years ago, is between
25 and 30 years old and has been in need of improvements for
some time. The park, which first began as only trees and brush,
currently contains a baseball field, a soccer field, and various
other amenities that are in need of improvements, Ellis said.
Speaking in support of the penny campaign during
the chamber coffee, local resident Jim Scott expressed approval
for YAT's efforts. "Nothing happens until we make it happen,
and in reality, that is what we're doing," Scott said.
July 12, 2008