Creepy images have revealed the remains of a Wild West theme amusement park that has been abandoned since 2010 following a mud stream.
The ghostly photos show how Mother Nature has reclaimed the park since its closure with the roller coasters, train rides and store fronts covered with overgrown greenery.
Other striking photos show forgotten entertainment, including Ski Ball, merry-go-rounds and scary images on rotting porches.
The creepy photos were taken in Ghost Town in the Sky theme park in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, by a photographer known as abandoned Southeast.
The photographer said the park was the vision of businessman R.B. Coburn, a resident of Covington, Virginia who moved to Maggie Valley, North Carolina. He was inspired to create a theme park with a Western theme after visiting various ghost towns in the American West.
The ghostly images show the roller coaster of the abandoned amusement park with the theme Wild West, train rides and shop fronts covered with overgrown greenery. The park was known for its broken rides and other maintenance errors. The photos were taken at Ghost Town Village in Maggie Valley, North Carolina
The striking shots show the extent to which Mother Nature has reclaimed the park
Some images show forgotten entertainment, including Ski Ball and merry-go-rounds
In 1960 Coburn bought Buck Mountain at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains for the location of his theme park. Ghost Town was designed by Russell Pearson and built for an amount of $ 1 million.
It quickly became one of the state's most popular tourist attractions after it was opened a year later, and it was promoted as North Carolina's & # 39; mile-high theme park.
Over the years, new attractions and attractions have been added and Ghost Town has attracted millions of guests.
It was sold to National Services in 1973 in a share exchange, but Coburn bought it back in 1986 and built the park's famous roller coaster.
The owner of the park was inspired to create a theme park with a western theme after a visit to different ghost towns in western America
But under Coburn & # 39; s property, the park suffered from a lack of maintenance and mismanagement. Ghost Town quickly gained a reputation for the journeys that are constantly failing. The chairlift and ramp also require constant maintenance and repair, and Coburn spent thousands of dollars on the maintenance of both.
& # 39; A double ramp has been created to take visitors to the top of Buck Mountain. The ramp was made with a 25-ton bulldozer attached to a winch attached to another bulldozer, which pulled the bulldozer up the mountain & # 39 ;, the photographer said.
& # 39; The railroad created an exciting ride to the top of the mountain with different slopes ranging from 30 to 77 degrees. Tourists could only reach the amusement park on the mountain top by driving up the ramp or the chair lift to the top. & # 39;
Tourists could only reach the amusement park on the mountain top by driving up the ramp or chair lift to the top. Once tourists stopped hanging for two hours after a breakdown
Ghost Town in the Sky was shut down for four years after a failure of the chairlift and the owner put the park up for sale
The chairlift no longer functioned on July 16, 2002, leaving passengers stranded in the rain for more than two hours. Coburn decided a few days after the failure of the Ghost Town chairlift to close and put the property up for sale. The park remained closed and not maintained for the next four years, so many knew that nobody would buy the park because of the state of the rides. Without proper security, the park was subject to vandalism.
In 2009, after spending $ 11 million, including $ 6 million on the roller coaster Cliffhanger, Ghost Town filed for bankruptcy. The 2008 Great Recession was blamed for the park's problems, but the owners insisted that the park should reopen and continue to work.
The rides had not been inspected in May 2009 and the owners claimed they needed a $ 330,000 loan to be able to reopen. The park asked the local city for the money. Failure to take out the loan would result in the loss of 200 jobs and a loss of income for local park visitor companies.
The park has been closed since 2010 after a huge mudslide occurred when the retaining walls on the site collapsed
The amusement park was known for its rides that didn't work and had regular maintenance problems
Ghost Town reopened for the 2009 season after an anonymous donor had provided the money. The park struggled to make a wage and soon complaints started that employees were not paid.
& # 39; A huge mudslide took place in February 2010 when the retaining walls on Ghost Town grounds gave way & # 39 ;, Abandoned Southeast added.
& # 39; Although there were no injuries, 40 houses had to be evacuated and three were damaged. The park itself has been damaged, but the extent to which the public is unknown. The local news announced that the park would reopen during Memorial Day weekend, but that did not happen. A month later, a judge decided to foreclose at Ghost Town and sell the property at an auction. Ghost Town remained closed for the 2010 season. & # 39;
Ghost Town was purchased at the public auction in February 2012 by Alaska Presley, a local businesswoman and an old supporter, for $ 1.5 million. New laws forced millions of dollars to be spent on labor and loss of time as a result of state inspections.
& # 39; The previous owners did not shut off the water after the park was closed, so the old pipes were subject to the mountain freeze and thaw cycle. Wells for private water were condemned for being too close to potentially unacceptable objects. Four new wells were drilled and all were errors, except for one of limited output. The option of city water was decided, which meant that almost every part of the old system had to be replaced & said the photographer.
& # 39; In 2014, the lower half of the property with the city of Old West was for sale for $ 3 million. Presley planned to redevelop the upper portion as a & # 39; Holy Land replica theme park & # 39 ;.
The listing was withdrawn from the market a few months later.
In 2015, the park announced the park's re-branding to Ghost Town Village. The re-branding was due to the park's inability to reopen one of the former roller coasters and rides because the repair costs were too high. Ghost Town was sold in 2018 to an investment group called Ghost Town Adventures.
A local newspaper expected the park to reopen in 2019. However, the park remains closed due to years of vandalism and neglect.
The park was named Ghost Town Village because the rides could not be reopened because the repair costs were too high
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