Golden Nugget leaves Boardwalk

By Shannon McDonald

We all remember the Golden Nugget ride on Wildwood Boardwalk’s Hunt’s Pier. The three-story coaster opened in the early ’60s and took countless riders on a mining adventure for more than 30 years before it shut down in 1999.

On January 31, 2010, the Golden Nugget will be taken down to make way for a newer, larger coaster.

Jack Morey of Morey’s Piers told the Daily News, “We just couldn’t make it work.”

The cost of restoring the ride proved too much for Morey, who assures the Golden Nugget props will end up in other Morey’s Piers rides or in a museum.

No matter what replaced the Golden Nugget, Wildwood lifers will always associate Hunt’s Pier with their favorite mining ride.

Thanks to the Daily News. Image courtesy of Kristen773’s Flickr.

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