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OffbeatGhost Town in the Sky—a ‘Cursed’ Theme Park in North Carolina—Has Hit the Market for $5.95 Million

12:41  11 july  2019
12:41  11 july  2019 Source:   mentalfloss.com

Two people killed, dozens injured as theme park ride snaps in half

Two people killed, dozens injured as theme park ride snaps in half Two people have been killed and dozens injured after a theme park ride snapped in half in mid-air, sending the 31 people on board crashing to the ground. The incident, which was captured on film, occurred on Monday on the 'Discovery' ride at the Kankaria Adventure Park in Ahmedabad. The 20-metre high pendulum ride suspends riders off the ground from an overhead axis attached to the main column, with riders swung back and forth while simultaneously spinning. Shocking video captured the metal arm of the packed ride snapping mid-swing, causing the portion carrying riders to fall and crash into the main structure.

Ghost Town in the Sky , in Maggie Valley, N . C ., first opened in 1961, according to The Charlotte Observer, but closed and reopened multiple times These incidents, coupled with reports that the park changed operators multiple times over the years, has also led some to believe the park was “ cursed

Think again, because a huge wild west-themed park in North Carolina just hit the market for a Or at least that's what we're telling ourselves after scoping out the Ghost Town in the Sky park 150 Cursed or not, this is still a pretty spectacular opportunity for the right group looking to get their hands

Ghost Town in the Sky—a ‘Cursed’ Theme Park in North Carolina—Has Hit the Market for $5.95 Million© umbertoleporini/iStock via Getty Images Ghost Town in the Sky—a ‘Cursed’ Theme Park in North Carolina—Has Hit the Market for $5.95 Million

Despite a recent attempt to reopen it, Ghost Town in the Sky—an allegedly cursed amusement park in North Carolina—has recently been put on the market for $5.95 million, The Charlotte Observer reports.

The 250-acre Wild West-themed attraction, which opened in 1961, sits atop Maggie Valley’s Buck Mountain near Asheville, North Carolina. Perched at a 4600-foot elevation, it can only be reached by a chairlift, an incline car, or a really long hike.

Valerie and Spencer Oberle have been working to buy the park, renovate it, and reopen it, but have faced several setbacks along the way, including serious financing issues. Valerie Oberle told The Charlotte Observer that although their offer has expired, they haven’t abandoned their hopes of resurrecting the abandoned mountaintop attraction. It’s difficult, she said, since “the property continues to deteriorate as the owner has not taken any measures to preserve,” but the couple is still trying to raise funds to purchase the park. In the meantime, the park is still up for grabs.

Ghost Town in the Sky gained its cursed reputation for a few different reasons. In 2002, a mechanical malfunction trapped tourists in the chairlift for hours, and in 2010, a catastrophic mudslide blocked the only road to the park. But perhaps the most unsettling event occurred in 2013: A cowboy, in the middle of staging a routine (pretend) gunfight, was shot and wounded with an actual bullet. We don’t know how or why the gun was loaded, but the incident seems a little Westworld-ian.

Along with Westworld, movies like Zombieland and Final Destination 3 have popularized the idea of the creepy abandoned theme park, and social media has become a perfect platform for adventurers to share photos and videos taken at the parks themselves. The blogger known as The Carpetbagger covered Ghost Town in the Sky for his YouTube channel in 2017.

Woolies sells Mernda site for $51.5m.
Supermarket giant Woolworths has sold a large and parcel next to the newly built Mernda Train Station for $51.5 million to a company associated with developer Land Capital. The 26.5 hectare site has been earmarked for a large neighbourhood shopping centre to be anchored by a full-line Woolworths supermarket, two mini major retailers and 32 speciality stores. Land Capital director Samir Latif said a syndicate of architects, engineers and businessmen would develop the site under the company, Town Centre Development Pty Ltd. Land Capital will play a project management role.

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