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Zingo roller coaster for sale on Facebook

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Zingo roller coaster for sale on Facebook

A 15-foot segment of track is lifted by crane off the Zingo in May 2007 as the roller coaster is dismantled. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World file

View the Zingo’s page on Facebook.

The Zingo roller coaster hasn't been operational for years, but it continues to live on in the boundless world of the Internet.

Since September, the iconic Bell's Amusement Park ride has been getting face time on International Rides Management's Facebook page.

The Wildwood, N.J.-based company is working with the Bell family to sell the ride.

"When the park was shut down they wanted to know if any of our stuff was for sale, and our response was, 'All of our stuff is for sale for the right price,' " said Robby Bell, whose family owned the former amusement park at 21st Street and Louisville Avenue.

The Facebook page includes six pictures, including one with a train full of passengers, hands raised, about to make a steep drop along the ride's wooden tracks.

"This is the best major coaster on the market right now," said Sam Shurgott, sales manager for IRM.

Shurgott said the company has sold smaller pieces from Bell's Amusement Park and insisted that the Zingo would end up with a good home.

"It's not going to go where it is not appreciated," he said.

The Facebook page lists Zingo's two major components: A 1968 John Allen-designed wooden coaster and a 2000 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. train.

Bell said he wasn't aware of the Facebook page.

But he added, "IRM has permission from Bell's to sell our equipment as long as we agree on the price. It's been that way for a long time."

Bell's Amusement Park opened at the fairgrounds in 1951, and the Zingo was built - by hand - in 1968.

The family business closed in 2006 after the Tulsa County fair board did not renew its lease.

Kevin Canfield 918-581-8313

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