Deal to purchase Ghost Town falls through

Posted Thursday, July 3, 2003 4:39 AM | Contributed by MarimbaGuy87

Owner R.B. Coburn of Ghost Town in the Sky closed his park, citing old equipment and his need to retire. He has been trying to sell the park, but refuses to sell to anyone who doesn't plan to continue operating the park.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 6:02 AM
I hope someone can step up and purchase the property. It's in a very unique location and could be a great tourist attraction once again.
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Thursday, July 3, 2003 6:31 AM
Anyone have 8 million dollars I can borrow? If so, please email me. THANKS
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Thursday, July 3, 2003 6:50 AM
john peck's avatar This would really be a good deal for Cedar Fair to pick up
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Thursday, July 3, 2003 6:52 AM
Mamoosh's avatar ...or SDC.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 7:20 AM
It looks like it has a lot of potential to become a great park with the right management.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 7:52 AM
I think SDC would be better, maybe with some ca$h and the right mgt. they could give Carowinds a bit of comp....
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Thursday, July 3, 2003 7:57 AM
I guess bid the CPO (formerly CPC) put in fell through. Not enough pogs and Pokemon cards....

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 8:03 AM
Dollywood is within a half hour's drive from there also. Hopefully CF or another chain can see how popular the location is and pick the project up.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 8:16 AM
Jeff's avatar It's not a good deal to anyone if, as the article suggests, it's badly in need of repair. A capital-intensive renovation certainly reduces its value.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 8:16 AM
I think SDC would be the best fit for this park. After all, from the sounds of it - it's a lot along the theme of SDC in Branson

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 9:50 AM
Yeah, as Jeff said, it really isn't a good deal since the park is in such terrible shape, but maybe someone can get it for a pretty cheap price. I am very happy that the owner doesn't plan to sell unless the park is going to stay open, though, and I think it would be great if someone purchased this and got it going again.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 11:33 AM
Sawblade5's avatar HFEC aka SDC needs to buy this park and fix it up like they did with Celebration City which is a big hit here.

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Thursday, July 3, 2003 3:07 PM
Thats sad. I went in 2000 and things were in very bad shape at that time. I didn't really feel that comfortable on any of the rides, all of them had seats roped off and were in bad shape.

Tweetsie Railroad and Santa's Land are the only parks left in the NC Mountains now.

I've heard SDC did consider a management deal a few years ago, but turned it down because of the state of the park, and that it needed to many improvements.

I know that the Herchends intended to purchase Ghost Town back in the Seventies, but they bought Goldrush Junction (Dollywood) in Pigeon Forge instead.

Any word on were the rides are bound?

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Friday, July 4, 2003 8:59 AM
Ghost Town is a great amusement park. I think Six Flags should purchase it and make it more popular. Ghost town is a perfect location for any amusment park and has an interesting looping roller coaster that is built on the side of a mountain. In fact The Red Devil was my very first looping roller coaster.Hopefully someone will see this gateway for opportunity and keep Ghost Town from closing.
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Friday, March 25, 2005 2:55 PM
I never got to visit Ghost Town In The Sky, my wife told me about it and we made plans to go but by the time we got around to it the park was up for sale. I regret never having visited the park in its hey day but in 1980 I had just graduated from High School and was off to see the world, or at least that part of the world known as North Carolina. I did however visit a little place in Florida way back in the 70's called Six Gun Territory. Anyway for what it is worth, after a few hours of internet search, I regret never having made the trip to Maggie Valley.
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Monday, April 25, 2005 10:24 PM
Well, I dont even know if anyone still looks at this, since the posts are 2 years old...but I worked at Ghost Town in the Sky in 1984 and 1985.

So sad to hear its not open anymore. The two seasons I was the 'proprietor' of the Silver Dollar Saloon, on stage with my silver dollar sweethearts (my being a literal term, we were so young and horny) singer, gunfighter, etc.

This was BEFORE the Red Devil was built. I can see how the park is now in disrepair, even back then when we had PACKED parks thru the summers, management was terrible.

I have so many pix from those years...the shows were quite good, most of the girls were dance majors or close to it from UT Knoxville, I was a transplant from California, where I have been back for the past 20 years, working in radio....here's my website mediaresumes.com/denismiller

anyone who went to the park remember me? hahahaha

prob not

later

Denis Miller

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