Working up a series about outlandish animal-oriented roadside attractions...any suggestions? I still regret not driving the extra two miles to see Worlds Largest Prairie Dog, in Kansas, about ten years back. #roadsideattraction
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Land of Oz – Theme Park – Beech Mountain, NC – Not Abandoned .
You’ve probably heard about the mysterious abandoned theme park located far away in the mountains of North Carolina. Have you heard of it? The Land of Oz? Yep, the very one! We were able to visit it on a private tour a few months back (escorted by Dorothy herself!) and it was amazing! So here are a few facts about the Land of Oz. First, it isn’t abandoned! It was shut down for a long people of time, but it isn’t abandoned. These days, you can purchase tickets to go into the park during the Spring and the Fall of each year. Second, it is private property and you will get in trouble if you attempt to enter it without permission!
So, with that out of the way, let’s talk about the amazing Land of Oz! In 1970’s, the Land of Oz opened as a way to help Beech Mountain, grow their tourism in the spring and summer months when skiing is obviously not available – this is the South after all. But, by 1980, it was completely closed down. Not that there weren’t issues along the way, just by 1980, it was no longer an option to keep it open. See, it was a really cool concept to turn the top of this mountain into Oz. But, mismanagement, a significant fire and the theft of many original costumes and props. For a while, it was completely shut down and fell into disrepair partly due to vandalize. And then, little by little, starting around 2009 it started to open for special events. Over the last few years, the park has started to open for limited times and with limited tickets. And the cult following has grown stronger each year!
To be continued
If you visit, please be respectful and make the proper arrangements to be in the park. This is private property; there is video surveillance and the owners will prosecute.
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Fundraising time! 🗺
This summer I will be heading back home to the Great Plains to create photographs for my Thesis exhibition in my last year of graduate school! Since I was little I have loved to go out on the road and take photographs of what I see. I have been missing the Wall Drug billboards that line South Dakota’s highways and enticing images of the “World’s Only Corn Palace!” Roadside attractions are spaces that exist to accompany the journey; I am making them my destinations.
During the month of July, I will be heading back home accompanied by my boyfriend, Tim, and brave dog, Winnie! We will be creating art along the way and collecting as many souvenirs as our car can handle. This trip is to create photographs of roadside attractions to complete my Thesis exhibition. The exhibition itself will take place in March 2020 but I will be completing research, photographs, prints, and writing to support this throughout my third year of school.
Unfortunately, this trip is not paid for and I need to fundraise. I have items for sale on my website ( www.epiphanyknedler.com), including prints, postcards (created and sent during the trip), and maps, or if you can make a donation at GoFundMe (link in bio). Anything you can spare can help! Or, if you cannot give funds, I would love any information about places to stop, I would love to hear about them!
Cosmophere, Hutchinson, KS -
A world-class space museum and STEM education center.
The Cosmophere has the 2nd largest collection of US space memorabilia anywhere and the largest collection of Russian space memorabilia outside the former Soviet Union.
Spacecraft and aircraft on exhibit at the Cosmosphere include Apollo 13, a Blackbird SR-71 spy plane, a flown Vostok spacecraft, a Sputnik, space suits & tools, items that have been on the moon. The Cosmosphere is the permanent home of Liberty Bell Mercury 7 capsule that was recovered from the bottom of the ocean and restored here at the Cosmosphere.
Other attractions at the Cosmosphere include a digital dome theater, planetarium, Science lab show, food court, adult & youth space camps and new Mollett Early Spaceflight Gallery.
Cosmophere open 9 - 5.
ADULTS $26.00 + tax
SENIORS (60+) + MILITARY $23.00 + tax
CHILDREN (4-12) $17.00 + tax
CHILDREN 3 + UNDER FREE
Hey #EarthDay ! 🌎 Were pretty fond of you at our place... from reusing “junk” to make beautiful Auto art sculptures, to planting our Christmas trees and watching them grow, to saying no to plastic straws. ✨ The Schaefer’s have a thing for helping our planet. What are some ways you help our Earth? 🌼 #SchaefersAutoArt#EarthDay
Ok friends, It’s time you all know that haven’t been well lately. My insides are rotten and it’s time I get the help I need. Check out my go fund me page the Link can be found in my bio! Please spread the word near and far! And thanks everyone, with your love and support I know I’ll get the care I need 😉 #happyrockmb#exploremb#geocache location #roadsideattraction#yellowheadhighway
Good thing this ugly place closed. They say it's the sound of the windmills that causes cancer. I bet the neighborhood will bounce back now that this blight is gone. The real estate value might take a minute to recover, but it'll get there