Ghost Town In The Sky was built literally on top of a mountain in
one of Americas most beautiful regions, and the parks
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 Mountains 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.
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.
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 In The Sky
16 Fie Top Road
Maggie Valley, NC 28751
Information about Ghost Town in The
Sky courtesy of: www.ghostowninthesky.com