Originally slated to be the Coloradoversion of Disneyland, the park got its start as Magic Mountain in the ’50s but was quickly abandoned. It was revived a decade later and reimagined as Heritage Square, a child-oriented amusement park with shops and eateries.
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In 2011, the property that the park stood on was purchased by Martin Marietta Materials and slated to be torn down, but Heritage Square owner Alan Bader had a lease on the land until 2039. Although the park didn't open in 2016 or 2017, it did this year, now dubbed just Heritage Amusement — but soon after the park’s grand reopening, Bader came to a settlement with Martin Marietta and closed the park for good.
Now the park's contents are being sold off, and you can own a piece of the past if you have the money and space for a Scrambler, Ferris wheel or bumper boat. Or even a piece of cinematic history: On the block is the Tilt-a-Whirl that had a starring role in State Fair, a 1962 film with Pat Boone and Ann-Margret.
Norton Auctioneers, a Michigan-based auctioneering business, has prepared a handy brochure of everything available for sale. The auction is open to the public and begins at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 25, at the former amusement park located at 18301 Colfax Avenue in Golden; you can see the goods in advance at a buyer’s showcase from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 24, and at 9 a.m. the day of the sale.
Alas, the wild ride has come to an end.