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Review of Ghost Town in the Sky - CLOSED

Ghost Town in the Sky
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Owner description: 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.
Knoxville, Tennessee
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47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not safe! Don't go!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Not only is Ghost Town run-down, dirty and not much fun. The most important thing to know that it is not safe! I hope that I am wrong, but I am concerned that someone is going to get hurt or killed on the chair lift. Management standards are rock bottom. I am surprised that the state will allow it to operate. Can't believe it passes state food inspections. Do not go. Period.

Visited September 2013
8 Thank JimPavo
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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, United States
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Ride to the Top”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

It's a neat ghost town on top of the smokey mountains. The ride up is OK - But the ride down is super... beautiful .... super neat time. Enjoyed it. Oh, yes there was an old fashion shoot-out, too.

Visited October 2013
4 Thank Tom C
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Lexington, South Carolina, United States
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“NO GO!!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

How disappointing it is to write you this message but it has to be done. We visited Ghost Town on Fri 18OCT and paid $24.95 each to get in. A total of 6 adults and 2 children. We were told at the bottom that there were 'a few rides not operational for the adults, but that the kids rides were still open and the shows and attractions were still going.' We should have second guessed our decision at that point, but we were so excited to visit once again for the first time in many years and as a whole family. Once we got to the top, we realized the true defintion of GHOST TOWN. NO ONE was there, not even majority of the employees. At 12 noon on Friday, only 3 of the souvenir shops were open with very limited staffing; no chapel services were scheduled; no restaurants were operational; the fudge shoppe keeper wasn't even in the shop and only 2 half pans of fudge that were several days old were avaialble (btw.... anyone could have helped themselves to the goods because the shop wasn't secured!!!); only 4 of the street crew/gun fighters were at work plus the martial (and they stood around in corners smoking cigarettes talking and laughing with one another); the saloon show only included 3 ladies, the piano player, and the host of the show; the bartender didn't even have drinks on tap, just canned drinks for $2.00 each. No kiddie rides were open, even though the signs posted in the gift shop stated that there were 3 kiddie rides available that day (the operator didn't come to work!!!) The T-shirt salesman told us that no one on the property even knew they were supposed to be open that day. They had to call their friends to come into work, IF they even showed up at all. The place was filthy! The bathrooms looked like they had not been attended to in MONTHS. There were rust and stains in all of the commodes, spider webs in the corners of the rooms (even the INSIDE bathroom), spider webs lining the staircases in the gift shop. It was the epitomy of a run down 'has been'. Once complaining at the bottom back in the gift shop, we were informed that we got to see what was advertised and that no refunds would be given. It's sad to see an establishment with this much history go down in shame, but I'm afraid that's what is going to happen and very quickly.

Visited October 2013
24 Thank Meiggsar
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Shepherd, Montana
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88 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Old-fashioned fun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2013 via mobile

I had no idea this was here so had no expectations. We made a spur of the moment decision to go up in the chairlift on a spectacular late summer day, just for the views, but decided we might as well visit the ghost town. I have to admit, it was quaint and fun, if slightly decrepit. I do hope they manage to pull it all together again. The staff were really friendly and helpful.

Visited September 2013
5 Thank Anne K
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Darlington, South Carolina
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23 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Worst visit”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2013

worst 60 dollars we ever spent. The onl thing they had was the gun fight in the street. They had no rides are anything going. The chair lift was all that worked. We had to pay full price for a 1/4 park open and working

Visited October 2013
10 Thank kawelchsr
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