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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.”

See other titles in the “Images of Modern America” series here.

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Time lapse: the death of Libertyland

Unfortunately, Libertyland died a slow and painful death. The amusement park closed following the 2005 season. The salvageable rides and other assets were auctioned off in the summer of 2006, but much of the park remained abandoned through 2009. The park’s remaining infrastructure wasn’t razed until early 2010.

The time lapse below shows a satellite view of the park from 1997 through 2014:

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Larger images of the stills can be seen below:

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Libertyland Grand Carousel Traveling to Ohio for Restoration

Before Libertyland’s Grand Carousel reopens at The Children’s Museum of Memphis in 2017, the historic attraction will travel to Ohio for an extensive restoration.

Carousels and Carvings Co. of Marion, Ohio will move the pieces and parts of the historic Libertyland Grand Carousel for the restoration work. It will return to Memphis for its reopening at the Museum by 2017.

 

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Photo © Daily News/Andrew J. Breig

The Memphis Daily News reports:

The carousel is due to return to the Mid-South Fairgrounds in 2017 as part of the Children’s Museum of Memphis on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Hollywood Street.

It will be the centerpiece of a new building; CMOM announced Wednesday, June 3, that Design Shop will plan the carousel’s new home and Montgomery Martin Contractors will build it.

Private museum donors raised $4 million for the project.

Watch a video from the Commercial Appeal showing the carousel’s horses and more being transported from the Mid-South Coliseum:

To help in the rebuilding of Libertyland’s Grand Carousel, donate to the fund here.

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Happy 80th Elvis Presley!

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll, was born 80 years ago today in Tupelo, Miss.

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We’d like to thank him for making the Zippin Pippin (then known as the “Pippin”) famous!

The information side in front of the Zippin Pippin shed some light on its ties to Elvis:

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The Zippin Pippin was Elvis Presley’s favorite ride. The “King” rented Libertyland August 8, 1977 from 1:15 a.m. until 7 a.m. to entertain a group of about 10 guests. Decked in a blue jumpsuite with black leather belt, huge belt buckle with turquoise studs and gold chains, the “king” rode the Zippin Pippin repeatedly during a two-hour period. He lost his belt buckle on the ride that morning, and it was found and returned the next day. Elvis’s Libertyland rental became his last public appearance. He died August 16.

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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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Libertyland 1970 Brochure

As you might have seen from yesterday’s post, Shane’s Amusement Attic over at Theme Park Review has featured some great artifacts from Libertyland. Here is a brochure from 1979:

Click here to see the entire brochure. Thanks again to Shane for sharing these scans online!

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Libertyland 1980 Brochure

Shane’s Amusement Attic over at Theme Park Review has featured some great artifacts from Libertyland. I came across these scans of a 1980 brochure today.

Click here to see the entire brochure. Thanks to Shane for sharing these scans online!

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