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“Ghost town” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ghost Town in the Sky

Ghost Town in the Sky
16 Fie Top Road, ., Maggie Valley, NC 28751
828-926-1130
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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.
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“Ghost town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

My husband and I recently visited this attraction and we're impressed with the little that has been recreated since opening back up granted it's not the old ghost town that was once there however I'm sure it will grow with the support I the community

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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“Take a couple of cowboys with you”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

I just want everyone to know that this trip 'up the mountain' was one of the highlights of our stay in the Maggie Valley area. The people who work in Ghost Town are 'true blue' and you can feel the family atmosphere. There is also an amazing talent there in the piano player in the Saloon! Go up the ski lift and leave your cares behind! Let go of the 21st century and let your imagination have it's way! (and don't forget to buy a bandana or even wear some cowboy boots!)And don't forget your camera!

Visited August 2013
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Conway, SC
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“We're so glad they're back open!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

The chairlift ride was great (even though I'm a little afraid of heights). We really enjoyed the saloon show and the gunfights. The shops are neat to look around in and the displays are nice too. The view is absolutely breathtaking. We can't wait to come back again when everything is finished!

Visited September 2013
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“Will go back again.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

As a child I visited 6 gun territory. When I saw that Ghost Town in the Sky was open, I knew I wanted to take my children and grandchildren. That's exactly what we did. Everyone absolutely loved it. The show was great and all the kids really loved it. They played cowboys for several weeks after and have started watching the Rifleman, little house on the
prairie and Laramie (all purchased at cracker barrell. If you want good clean fun and a wonderful time with family, go to Ghost Town when they are opened and fully running.

Visited July 2013
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Altamonte Springs, Florida
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“Place is never open”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

This is the second year we tried to do Ghost Town. It was under refurbishment last year. Came back this year and due to no business they decided to only open on the weekends. Plus $25 to ride up the mountain is a bit pricy. No wonder they have no business. Will be back next year and will not even attempt to visit this attraction.

Visited August 2013
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