In the Abandoned Land of Oz on Beech Mountain in North Carolina

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In the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina lies a neglected theme park. Entrepreneur Grover Robbins opened the park in 1970 with the investment of veteran Hollywood actress Debbie Reynolds, who bought several props and costumes from the 1939 Wizard of Oz film from MGM studios to display in the small museum.

Visitors could walk down the Yellow Brick Road, “experience” the tornado which struck Dorothy’s house, and visit with the Scarecrow, Tinman, the Lion, and the Wicked Witch of the West.

In 1976, a fire destroyed the park’s Emerald City at the end of the yellow brick road. Despite attracting over 20,000 visitors on it’s opening day in 1970, the park failed to bring in the crowds in later years and finally closed in its tenth year.

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Images via Billy Ferguson.
Via Messy Nessy Chic.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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