Posted Wednesday, March 26, 2008 9:48 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Murphy Brothers Exposition of Tulsa has signed a $2 million contract to buy the failed $30 million Wild West World theme park out of bankruptcy. Final details were worked out Tuesday morning, sources close to the bankruptcy said, and a motion to sell the park was filed with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Nugent in Wichita. The sale is scheduled to close May 31, although other bidders will have until May 8 to top the Tulsa group's offer.
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Best quote ever. Interesting that they're investigating Etheredge. Is being a moron criminal?
Follow up storry
Change the name to eliminate the stigma of its founder's legal problems and its two-month failure.
Wild West Land? ;)
The Park Formerly Known as Wild West World (with some strange squiggle that represents the park name)
Whitson said he expected the City Council to move quickly to approve the bonds. The Park City Council is firmly behind the deal, Whitson said, and he has heard no taxpayer protests."
The Murphys got the city to finance the purchase of the park and the rides? Boy they fell for it, hook, line and sinker.
I and a few others wondered why the city didn't step in before. Clearly it was because they were too far gone to start with.
Theres tons of attractions operated at a loss by City's and States but overal they make a profit from them on some of the things I stated above.
Chuck, who says Cincinnati actually stepped in and bought a failing railroad that is now the cities biggest cash cow.
Well, Finally got the link to work on my computer, and I saw these two statements:
"Murphy's plan is to install 35 rides in a park that once held 24, requiring significant new construction."
"The park's purchase, along with $4.2 million for the 35 rides..."
Anybody more local to the park have any idea what rides are still there, and what they may be adding?
*** This post was edited by Floorless Fan 3/29/2008 12:28:36 PM ***
Being a resident of the surrounding area, the first and only time I went was on opening day. Having said that, I wasn't interested in making a return any time soon. Although the price of entry was nice and rather cheap, it didn't seem too interesting to me, as I just saw it as a rather large carnival more than a theme park.
Granted, the theming was nice and all, the best thing that was there was the wild mouse. You could find all of the other rides as a staple at most carnivals and state fairs, sure, as well as said wild mouse, but for being in my mid twenties, that's the only thing that got me going (22 times that day, hehe).
In answer to your question - is anything left? The answer would be no. It's almost literally a barren field now, with the exception of most of the main entrance areas and the theater at the entrance.
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