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January 29, 2010

Demolition Of Elvis Presley's Favorite Roller Coaster Begins

Memphis, TN — Elvis Presley's favorite roller coaster the Zippin' Pippin is coming down. Yesterday, a demolition crew began to tear down the classic 1923 out and back woodie.

Efforts to save and relocate the roller coaster from the closed Libertyland amusement park failed.

The city is spending $2 million to demolish the remains of Libertyland and the fairground property, so they can proceed with plans to redevelop the Mid-South Fairgrounds property.

In November the city hired an expert to see if the roller coaster was salvageable. After a section of the ride was tore out, it was estimated that it would cost millions to restore or rebuild it.

Zippin' Pippin has been sitting unused, exposed to the elements, since Libertyland shut its doors forever in October 2005.

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