Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2013 - (Page 46)
by Sam Boykin
Maggie Valley pioneeR and ghost town
Co-foundeR alaska pResley has stepped in,
these 50-plus yeaRs lateR, to help ResuRReCt
the long-MoRiBund noRth CaRolina old
west-theMed aMuseMent paRk.
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It’s a story with roots reaching back more than half
a century, when a young Maggie Valley, N.C. couple
– Hubert and Alaska Presley – teamed up with a South
Carolina developer named R.B. Coburn to conceive
and build a $1 million theme park on Buck Mountain.
Ghost Town in the Sky, touted as “North
Carolina’s mile-high theme park,” opened in 1961
and featured a dazzling array of roller coasters, a
chairlift, carousel, bumper cars, circus and kids’ rides
and an Old West town complete with saloons, can-
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