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Zippin Pippin achieves historic status

The Zippin Pippin, the second oldest wooden roller coaster in the country, could be getting close to rolling again.

It was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With that comes funding.

The Memphis Heritage Foundation announced today it has gotten two grants. One from the county worth $15 thousand dollars and the other from the state worth $25 thousand dollars.

That money will help pay for a feasibility study to decide how much it will cost to keep the Zippin Pippin and the Grand Carousel in working order at Libertyland.

Steve Mulroy with Save Libertyland called it "a really great Christmas present".
   
"Any outcome when the dust settles which means both rides are preserved as working rides for family and children in a way that's economically feasible and sustainable is something we're willing to consider," Mulroy said.

There is still talk about the Zippin Pippin being moved or even demolished. Mulroy does not want to see either of those things happen. He wants the Zippin Pippin and Grand Carousel to stay together at Libertyland and have a mini-park built around the two rides.

Mulroy adds it will only cost around $65 thousand dollars to get the Zippin Pippin in working condition if it stays at Libertyland but a million dollars to move it.


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