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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Gold Mountain: Abandoned and Forgotten Amusement Park

While there is always controversy surrounding the cursed them park of Ghost Town in the Sky, most people don't realize there was a second mountaintop park here in the Smokey Mountains.  I became aware of the lost theme park known as "Gold Mountain" when I came across those vintage post card.


I set out to locate Gold Mountain in the video below.




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4 comments:

  1. I went up to to this place in 87 before it closed. It was creepy and almost abandoned back then. Land of The Giants was really creepy.

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    1. Tell me about Land of Giants! I have not been able to find any info

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  2. you you could of drove up there..

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  3. Gold Mountain was "re-themed" multiple times. I grew up nearby in Jackson County, and went several times in the 70s. At that time, the whole attraction was "Gold City" and was a simulated prospecting town. There were no rides that I recall, but the control shack building you climbed into (you idiot! :-) ) was NOT part of the chairlift. That was the loading and control for an incline railway that went down to an abandoned mica mine. The train only stopped while a conductor talked about mica mining in WNC; riders did not get off (probably in more ways than one...it was boring!).

    Like Ghost Town, the chairlift had a horrendous reputation among locals.

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