Ghost Town on the River

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

Defunct, Operated from to

Defunct Roller Coasters: 6

Loop The LoopWoodSit DownExtreme
Scenic RailwayWoodSit Down
Racing DerbyWoodSit Down
Velvet RacerWoodSit Down
CometWoodSit Down
Little CometSteelSit DownKiddie


Former namesFontaine Ferry Park ( to )
Former statusOperated from to
Operated from to
Fan web sitesMemories of Fontaine Ferry Park


A public park called Shawnee Park exists on the site today and footers from the Comet can still be found.


On May 4th 1969, the park's opening day for the season, a riot broke out and many building and food stands were destroyed. Workers were attacked and the park was looted. It took 25 police to restore order and cost the park $18,000. The park remained closed until 1972 when it reopened as Ghost Town on the River. Many of the parks former buildings and rides were used. On May 25th 1976 a fire broke out destroying the gate and penny arcade. Many other fires started as a result. The park never reopened and was auctioned off.


In the 1930s when the park was known as Fontaine Ferry Park, the park may have had a triple tracked racing roller coaster. There is a great deal of conflicting information on this as well as no mention of a triple tracked roller coaster in several books about Fontaine Ferry Park.


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