Alaska Presley is giving up trying to make a go of Ghost Town in the Sky. At age 88, the businesswoman purchased the park for $2.5 million in 2009 after the owners filed for bankruptcy. It had been a mountain-top Wild West attraction. Visitors would ride a chairlift, incline railway, or tour bus to a dusty faux town where stuntmen enacted shootouts and saloon girls danced the cancan. Amusement rides included a Tilt-A-Whirl, bumper cars, and the famous Cliffhanger roller coaster. Upon opening in 1961, the park was billed as Western North Carolina’s number-one tourist attraction. When Presley purchased the property, the large rides were too expensive to repair, so she tried to set up an Appalachian village for crafters. The village was opened for two years, but then an issue with the public water hookup prevented the village from opening in 2016. Presley is now trying to get $4.5 million for the property. She is willing to sell all 260 acres, which would include some home sites; or just the 90 acres on which the rides, the old town, and the chair lift remain. Real estate agent Chris Soco, who listed the property, says he has gotten several offers, including one from a developer who wants to design an alpine slide under the chairlift, borrowing the concept from Ober Gatlinburg.