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North Carolina amusement park wants to put up giant cross

North Carolina amusement park wants to put up giant cross

HAYWOOD COUNTY, N.C. - The owner of a landmark North Carolina amusement park said she wants to put up the tallest cross in the western hemisphere.

WLOS reported that Ghost Town in the Sky in Maggie Valley is moving forward with plans for the mountaintop theme park.Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park set to reopen

Parts of Ghost Town were put on the market earlier this year, but owner Alaska Presley said they're no longer for sale because there is so much interest in the success of the park.

Presley wants to take part of the old steel roller coaster and create a huge cross to place on top of what she calls "Resurrection Mountain." Presley wants the cross to be the tallest in the western hemisphere.

"We're going to locate the property lines and establish a piece of property that she's going to dedicate to the cross," said Marty Owens, a surveyor was on location Thursday. "I think she's hoping for I think a couple hundred feet. You can see the drop tower now. So you put something approximately that tall, maybe taller, you'll see it from the valley I'm sure."

The Wild West-themed amusement park in Maggie Valley features rides and entertainment and is located on top of a mountain.

The park reopened last year. It lost popularity in the 1990s and was bought by Presley out of foreclosure in 2012.

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