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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New Zippin Pippin onride video

The new Zippin Pippin at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin doesn’t open to the general public for a few more days (May 21), but media outlets were allowed to preview the ride. One video of the ride was posted to Youtube:

So far I’ve heard great things about the ride experience. Hopefully it is similar to the original Zippin Pippin ride experience.

ACE contributes to the reconstruction of the Zippin Pippin

From Amusement Today:

“American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recently donated $5,000 to provide support and assistance to the city of Green Bay and their efforts to reconstruct Zippin Pippin at Bay Beach Amusement Park. Zippin Pippin was purchased from the city of Memphis last year and is currently being reconstructed at the Green Bay park.

“Preservation of classic rides is what ACE stands for,” says Howard Gillooly, ACE Preservation Director. Mr. Gillooly added, “What Green Bay is doing is remarkable, and ACE is proud to be a supporter of this project.” Upon receiving the donation, Bill Landvatter, Green Bay’s Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, noted, “This was truly unexpected and brightened my day.” Mr. Landvatter went on to tell ACE, “Thanks so much for all you do to keep some of the truly unique treasures of our country.”

Zippin Pippin formerly stood at Libertyland in Memphis, Tennessee. Originally known as Pippin when it opened in 1923, the ride utilized parts from a previous coaster located at nearby East End Park. When Zippin Pippin closed in 2005, it was the fifth oldest coaster in the United States. The original Zippin Pippin was also one of only a handful of rides remaining from John Miller, one of the most prolific coasters designers of his time.

Just in the last year, ACE has provided support for several preservation efforts including Save Dreamland in Margate, England and their efforts to restore their Scenic Railway, a very rare example of the early roller coaster. In addition, ACE provided financial support to help the Blue Streak re-open at Conneaut Lake Park in Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1978, ACE is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion, appreciation and safe enjoyment of roller coasters. With more than 5,500 members across the U.S., Europe and Japan, ACE is the largest amusement park enthusiast organization in the world. Numerous shows made for cable networks such as The Discovery Channel have prominently featured ACE. Ultimately, ACE’s mission is to promote and enjoy roller coasters everywhere, regardless of type or size.”

Zippin Pippin construction and fairgrounds update

Happy New Year! It’s been a while since I last posted but I do have some updates for you today!

Below the panoramic of the new Zippin Pippin you’ll find even more construction photos. The coaster is progressing very nicely!

Click here for more photos.

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton recently revealed plansfor a $185 redevelopment of the Mid-South Fairgrounds. I was surprised to read that the plans left the area formerly occupied by Libertyland untouched. The area would be simply known as “Liberty Park.” While I would rather the amusement park itself still be standing, I think the area could serve as a memorial to the fairgrounds’ past. It certainly beats tennis courts. I wish they would name the area “Libertyland Park” but I assume that would be somewhat confusing to some.

I’ll keep you updated!