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Ghost Town in the Sky - CLOSED

16 Fie Top Rd, ., Maggie Valley, NC 28751-8682
+1 828-926-1130
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2 times visited ready for my 3rd visit

The first time i went I was just a child, the memories were amazing. I took my now 3 grown... read more

Reviewed 3 July 2016
Christine P
Closed Property for Sale

I had "friended" Ghost Town in the Sky on facebook. All the post stated they would open the first... read more

Reviewed 9 June 2016
Lenoir City, Tn
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Ghost Town In The Sky was built literally on top of a mountain in one of America’s most beautiful regions, and the park’s uniqueness and incredible location has attracted families to Western North Carolina for decades.Ghost Town In The Sky was conceived by the late R. B. Coburn, who was inspired to build a park with a western theme after visiting several ghost towns in the American West. In 1960, Coburn purchased Buck Mountain near Maggie Valley as the sight of his town, and construction began in September of 1960 with the help of a few investors, including Ms. Alaska Presley. Over two hundred locals were hired to construct the 40 replica buildings that comprised the Western Town, which is located at the Mountain’s peak. A double incline railway was also constructed to bring its passengers to the entrance of Ghost Town, located at over 3300 feet up the mountainside. The park opened in May of 1961, and since then new rides and attractions have been added throughout the years.Ghost Town has entertained millions of guests throughout the country. Ghost Town was built and opened in a time of uncertainty: bomb shelters were common, Americans were faced with the Cold War and Bay of Pigs, and the President was assassinated. The sixties movement was stirring up the conservatives from the fifties. Popular movies on the Silver screen were Westerns with hero-figures such as John Wayne and Roy Rogers. Television was becoming a household commodity, and shows such as Bonanza, Big Valley, Rawhide and Gunsmoke featured Wild West heroes that children could admire.Ghost Town brought that Hollywood glamour and action to life. Cowboys interacted with the children, much in a similar manner that they do today, and were heroic. Ghost Town was a true escape from reality.Ghost Town closed its doors in 2002 after 41 years of successful operation. Coburn sold the property to in August, 2006, who attempted to revive the park, but ended up closing at the end of the 2009 season. Alaska Presley, one of the original investors, purchased the park in the spring of 2012 and will be opening the park in various phases.Those children who have been to Ghost Town now have kids and grandchildren of their own, and the parents that took their kids in the past now have grandchildren and great grandchildren that will enjoy Ghost Town again.
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  • Terrible52%
3 Jul 2016
“2 times visited ready for my 3rd visit”
9 Jun 2016
“Closed Property for Sale”
16 Fie Top Rd, ., Maggie Valley, NC 28751-8682
+1 828-926-1130
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Reviewed 3 July 2016

The first time i went I was just a child, the memories were amazing. I took my now 3 grown children when they were 11,9,&7. those memories are the best vaca ever. My now husband and our daughter along with my Bro who was with...More

4  Thank Christine P
Reviewed 9 June 2016

I had "friended" Ghost Town in the Sky on facebook. All the post stated they would open the first week of June. The timing was perfect that would be when I would be in the area. And then they was a posting stating there had...More

10  Thank Debhud
Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

As the title says we were a little bummed we didn't get to go up to ghost town or ride the ski lifts but we did get some good pictures of it anyway and just because we didn't get to see ghost town didn't make...More

1  Thank Heli L
Reviewed 30 May 2016

I don't know what it is now. Went there many, many years ago with my kids. It was great then and I hear from other people - with kids - it's even better.

2  Thank Y4031QSaliceb
Reviewed 19 May 2016

Just broken promises, it's time to sell and move on. They keep changing the concept and setting new opening dates, but there are always excuses. Maybe they should sell to a developer that could do something positive.

2  Thank Robert J
Reviewed 15 May 2016

Finally made it to Maggie Valley today on the way home from Tennessee for my daughter Maggie. We were bummed to find the Ghost Town in the Sky closed. It is literally a ghost town. Internet said it will be re-opening in June 2016 but...More

9  Thank HattieMags
Reviewed 13 May 2016

.I was going to take the ski lift up to the town which sits on top of a mountain but it is closed & according to the locals is not due to reopen anytime soon..

5  Thank Pat244
Reviewed 29 April 2016

We took two eight year old grandsons to GTITS and they had a blast. No rides were in operation at that time. But the WildWest show and the Dance Hall girls grabbed their imagination and they loved playing on all of the western props and...More

Thank Starrlawson
Reviewed 8 April 2016

about 15 years ago i took my kids up there and loved it i wish someone would reopen it start from new equipment .the most thing we enjoyed was the indian dances and the wild west street show

2  Thank barbara v
Reviewed 25 March 2016

For what it's worth, posted on their face book site yesterday: "Rode through the parking lot this morning - I asked a contractor (plumber) getting out of his truck how work was going and if he thought his part would be done soon and he...More

15  Thank potweet
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