Zippin Pippin To North Carolina

Elvis Presley's favorite amusement park ride is zippin' off to North Carolina. A roller coaster called the Zippin Pippin has been sold to tourism officials in Roanoke Rapids. A pair of Nashville collectors bought the coaster at auction in June and said Friday they sold it to Roanoke Rapids for the planned Carolina Crossroads entertainment complex. The coaster, built in 1923, will be part of an amusement area. The ride used to be the top attraction at Libertyland, an amusement park in Memphis (Tennessee) that Presley often rented for private parties. The park closed last year due to falling attendance and financial losses.
Source: Google / Updated: Oct 29, 2006 
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jessy (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 3, 2006report abuse
I was In Memphis In oct 2004, and Libertyland Is open through september...I would have like to 'feel' the Zippin Pippin, Elvis loved so much...
June (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 31, 2006report abuse
It is sad that we couldn't keep this piece of history right here in Memphis...where it belongs...but, we couldn't even take care of the 'Memphis Belle' either..it is now in Ohio. Even without the Elvis connection, it is one of only a few wooden roller coasters still in existence today. I sure hope that the folks in 'Roanoke Rapids' can really appreciate what they have. I sure will miss it.
Paul Reno (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 30, 2006report abuse
You know those carriages sold off really cheaply. A good investment I would have thought. Mind you, I would have wanted one that Elvis definately rode in and that would be pretty hard to guarantee.

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