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Green Bay now owns Elvis's favorite roller coaster

GREEN BAY (WKOW) -- Green Bay's mayor signed a purchase agreement Thursday to officially acquire the Zippin' Pippin roller coaster, which was Elvis's favorite thrill ride.

Mayor Jim Schmitt agreed to the $35,000 deal that includes naming rights, design, and historic materials including the actual coaster cars ridden by "The King."

"This is going to be the most popular ride at Bay Beach," says Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt.  "There is people who haven't been there for years that are going to come back to experience the Zippin' Pippin. "

The original track in Memphis is being demolished, but it will be rebuilt in Green Bay out of new wood.

The $3 million construction project should begin this summer and open early next summer.

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