Former Magic Springs Owner Dies

JULY 11, 2006 - Posted at 3:08 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Melvyn Bell, a former owner of Magic Springs amusement park in Hot Springs, has died.  He was 68.

Bell died from cancer Saturday in Little Rock.

Magic Springs closed in October 1995 because of financial problems experienced by its owner at the time, Nygem Company, in which Bell owned a controlling interest.

The amusement park later re-opened under new ownership.

Bell's remains have been cremated and a family service will be held at a later date.

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