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Libertyland Book Coming Soon!

Due to hit shelves in late 2017, the Images of Modern America: Libertyland book will feature a photographical and historical look at the nearly three-decade-long life of Memphis’ Libertyland amusement park.

HELP KEEP LIBERTYLAND’S HISTORY ALIVE! SUBMIT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE INCLUDED IN THE BOOK! See below to learn how to submit your photographs.

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“Arcadia Publishing’s Images of Modern America series is uniquely dedicated to the wonders of recent history. Explore all aspects of the modern age, starting with the 1950s, via a beautiful collection of volumes filled with expertly penned content and stunning full-color images.”

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The Original Zippin Pippin Car

The original Zippin Pippin at Libertyland closed in 2005 and was subsequently sold at an auction for around $2,500 (yes, you read that correctly). The salvageable artifacts from the ride were sold to a travelling rock-n-roll museum, including one of the original trains that sat near the entrance of the ride. Fortunately, that original front car has returned to Memphis and I had the chance to see it this weekend.

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The car was originally situated outside the entrance to the Zippin Pippin, allowing park guests to take a commemorative photo inside the historic car.

In the above photograph (c. late 1970s), one of the original Zippin Pippin trains can be seen in use.

I’m not exactly sure the make/model of this car, so if you are aware please share in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

The front plate displaying Elvis Presley’s signature was added after the car was removed from Libertyland. Elvis was known for renting out Libertyland (then known as Fairgrounds Amusement Park) for his friends. The Zippin Pippin was known as Elvis’ favorite ride. This was thought to be his favorite car to ride in.

The car isn’t in the best shape after sitting outside for so long, especially as most of it is made of wood.

The Zippin Pippin ride sign is propped up in the back of the car. The hound dog was Libertyland’s mascot in its earlier days of operation.

At some point these trains were retired for a more modern pair of Philadelphia Toboggan Company trains.

Some of the cars wheels are still attached, but are not visible due to the wooden “stand” that the car is still attached to.

A replica of the Zippin Pippin was built at the Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin and opened in 2011.

 

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Libertyland Postcards

I recently hit a jackpot of old Libertyland memorabilia. Expect a number of new posts in the coming days full of Libertyland artifacts!

First up are three old Libertyland postcards. I’m guessing that they are all from the late 1970s or early 1980s. If you know any more about these postcards please feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post.

The Libertyland hound dog mascot takes a refreshing ride on the Old Hickory Log Flume in the above post card.

This late 1970s Libertyland postcard shows one of the older Zippin Pippin trains in operation.

Seen here is the crest of the Zippin Pippin lift hill.

Special thanks to Mike Cunningham for sharing these pieces of Libertyland history with me!

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Libertyland uniform unearthed

This past weekend at the Memphis vs. Tennessee game as I was walking to Tiger Lane from the new historical marker I came across something blue and red halfway buried in the dirt behind the Creative Arts building where the Pippin used to stand. I got excited thinking I might have discovered something valuable and sure enough as I pulled it out of the ground it was three Libertyland uniform polo shirts. After washing them they came out looking good as new.

I guess I was meant to find them!

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