“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Memphis in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Zippin Pippin / Libertyland

Zippin Pippin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
1. Zippin Pippin Marker
Side 1
Zippin Pippin
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.

Side 2
Honoring the nation's Bicentennial, Libertyland theme park opened near this spot on the Mid-South Fairgrounds on July 4, 1976. History buffs reveled in Colonial Land, Frontier Land and Turn of the Centry Land and children of all ages enjoyed live shows, games and the dozen plus mild to wild rides. The parks signature Dentzel Grand Carousel and Zippin Pippin roller coaster both dated from 1923 were
Zippin Pippin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, February 5, 2013
2. Zippin Pippin Marker
listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Other popular features were the Revolutio​n coaster and the Old Hickory flume ride, the childrens playground on Tom Sawyers Island, the dolphin show and the Memphis Liberty Bell. Libertyland was more than just a park, providing first time jobs for hundreds of teens and pleasant memories for millions of visitors. It closed in 2005.
Erected 2010 by Remember Libertyland and the Shelby County Historical Commission.
Location. 35° 7.176′ N, 89° 59.049′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of East Parkway South (Tennessee Route 277) and Young Avenue, on the right when traveling north on East Parkway South. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 946 E Parkway S, Memphis TN 38104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Johnny Cash's First Performance / Johnny Cash and Tennessee Two (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Hiker (approx. 0.4 miles away); John B. Weatherall (approx. half a mile away); Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Heiskell Farm
Pippin Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, 1917
3. Pippin Entrance
(approx. 0.8 miles away but has been reported missing); Orange Mound (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Lindenwood Christian Church (approx. one mile away); Site of the former Union Avenue United Methodist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Photos of Coaster - Remembering LibertyLand. (Submitted on February 14, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
2. The sound and sights of the Zippin Pippin in Memphis. (Submitted on June 24, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
Additional comments.
1. Reverse side of marker
See this site to view reverse side of Zippin Pippin marker.
    — Submitted February 26, 2016.

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2013, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 462 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on February 17, 2013, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 13, 2013, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia.   3. submitted on February 14, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of reverse side "Libertyland". • Can you help?
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