New in the collection: Ghost Town pennant

Pennant for Ghost Town in Maggie Valley

“Sitting at 4,600 ft. elevation, Ghost Town in the Sky [later Ghost Town Village]  has been in existence since 1961. R.B. Coburn built the Wild West-themed amusement park on Buck Mountain for $1 million.

“During its peak seasons, the park welcomed around 500,000 guests. These guests moved quickly through the park as the chairlift impressively transported 1,200 people per hour….”

— From “North Carolina’s ‘Ghost Town in the Sky’ is up for Sale” by Courtney Giardina in Wide Open Country (Aug. 4, 2017)

After decades of problems — mechanical breakdowns, a gunfighter shot with a real bullet, declining interest in Westerns — Ghost Town is  closed to the public — unless you’re a drone pilot!  

Maggie Valley officials are seeking a developer for the abandoned property.