adventure*

It’s time for me to break out of this cycle I’ve gotten myself stuck in and go try something new.
—  Affirmation of the day.
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Dogpatch USA
Abandoned Amusement Park
Marble Falls, Arkansas

“Dogpatch USA was profitable in its first few years, and Odom expanded the park’s amenities. By the 1970 opening day, a motel consisting of 60 mobile-home units had been completed, and a funicular to carry guests from the parking lot to the park entrance was a few weeks away from completion. In 1971, Odom, who foresaw unlimited potential for the park, bought out most of the remaining investors for $700,000 and became, essentially, the owner. Several new attractions were added in time for the 1972 season opening, including an “Animal World” section with a sea lion exhibit and an aviary with exotic birds, a children’s water ride, and, as stated by the Harrison Daily Times, a “unique boat train ride.

Success seemed to be on the horizon for Odom and Dogpatch USA, but the many unforeseen events of the 1970s cast a dark shadow on Odom’s dreams. Attendance figures throughout that decade were woefully short of expectations. In 1973, interest rates began to skyrocket, and a nationwide energy crisis kept many tourists home. In a bout of cancellations nicknamed the Rural purge, American television networks eliminated many shows with country themes, and the popularity of hillbillies waned. The Li'l Abner restaurant chain was never built. The proposed Li'l Abner TV series was never made; a pilot was produced and premiered as a television special on ABC-TV, but it received poor reviews and no network purchased the series.”