Zippin Pippin

Zippin Pippin (HM172J)

Location: Memphis, TN 38104 Shelby County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 7.176', W 89° 59.049'

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The wooden roller coaster erected on the Fairgrounds in 1923 was the Mid-South's premier outdoor amusement park ride for more than eight decades. It was built by coaster design pioneer John Miller and was affectionately 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, Wisconsin in 2010 for use in its Bay Beach Amusement Park.
HM NumberHM172J
Year Placed2010
Placed ByRemember Libertyland and the Shelby County Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 6:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 228046 N 3890382
Decimal Degrees35.11960000, -89.98415000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 7.176', W 89° 59.049'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 7' 10.56" N, 89° 59' 2.94" W
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Area Code(s)901, 615
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 920-934 East Pkwy S, Memphis TN 38104, US
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