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Zippin Pippin

E. Parkway, Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 7' 10.225488", -89° 58' 57.844632"
  Tennessee TN State Historical Marker
Tennessee State
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The wooden roller coster erected on the Fairgrounds in 1923 was the Mid-South's premier outdoor amusement park ride for more than 8 decades.
It was built by coasters design pioneer John Miller and was affectionely christened the Pippin, 1920s slang for the cherished or admired. Strong
winds damaged it in 1928, but it was quickly rebuilt. With a track length of 2865 feet and car speeds of up to 40 mph, its minute and a half long ride
was rough, noisy and exhilarating. Its 70 foot initial drop made it notable for its air time among coaster enthusiasts far and wide. In 1976 with the advent of Libertyland it was
renamed the Zippin Pippin. It was Elvis Presley's favorite ride, enjoyed on his last public outing. It was sold to Green Bay, WI
in 2010 for use in its Bay Beach Amusement park. Historic Marker placed by Remember Libertyland and the Shelby County Historical Commission.

StoppingPoints.com Editorial on Zippin Pippin:
See also the Libertyland Amusement Park historical marker page.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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