Footage Of North Carolina’s Abandoned Ghost Town In The Sky Will Take You Back In Time

In 1960, R.B Coburn purchased Buck Mountain near Maggie Valley. With a flair for the dramatic, Coburn believed this high-altitude location to be perfect for his very own Wild West theme park named “Ghost Town in the Sky.” The park opened May 1st, 1961 and hundreds of thousands of guests rode the lift 3,300 feet to the top of the mountain to be greeted by a sight like nothing they’d seen before. Here’s more on the complex and haunting history of Ghost Town in the Sky in North Carolina:

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The video below, courtesy of Expedition Theme Park, showcases the park during its heydey while also explaining the complicated history of attempting to reopen a once-beloved landmark:

What did you think? Do you have memories of visiting Ghost Town in the Sky in North Carolina as a child? We’d love to hear all about your experiences in the comments below. For related content, you’ll enjoy this vintage footage of North Carolina from the 1950s.

Address: Maggie Valley, NC, USA