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The first weekend of December 2014, my Dad, my son and I got to explore an old abandon theme park (legally) called Dogpatch USA. It was opened in 1968 and gave home to the characters from the comic strip “Lil Abner.” Dogpatch was supposed to be the Disneyworld of the Ozark Mountains. Its located in Marble Falls, AR between Jasper and Harrison, Arkansas.farm4.staticflickr.com
In its heyday it was packed. Cars would be lining up for miles to get in. It went through multiple partners and difficulties. One of the biggest was when the Lil Abner comic strip was stopped. (Just imagine a few years later children had never heard of Lil Abner or any of the characters from the comic strip.)
Here are some of the main characters from the comic strip
It was closed down officially in 1993.
A few years ago a younger guy was nearly decapitated on the property (he had permission from the owners to be on the property) and he sued for money but got the park. This year Dogpatch was sold to a man named Charles Pelsor (from what I know is a self-made millionaire and really has to be a great guy for opening up the park for FREE to the public that has tried to sneak pictures for years!) In an interview I saw he said he wanted to make it into an Artisan Village and open it back up again! (pretty exciting.)
I have to say I was so excited to get to explore the park! I have drove by so many times and tried to sneak a peak over the years! Its sad to think this park that at one time was so huge and had brought so many jobs to the area, was just going to waste for 21 years!
Here are various pictures from our Journey through Dogpatch USA!
There were so many awesome things to see. So much of it had been run down by trespassers which is really sad people think they need to bust out all of the windows and steal everything that they can!
I will post more about the park as the year goes by and they clean up more and start doing some remodeling!
Thanks for reading!