historical park

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Soooo I don’t think I’ve mentioned yet on tumblr that I just left HBO to go be the new Art Director at @camposantoblog! More on that later (it goes without saying that I am very excited about it), but in the interim between the two gigs I’ve been off on a spontaneous road trip exploring/sketching a bunch of ghost towns and other cool stuff in California/Nevada.

I ended up hitting a total of nine ghost town/mine/ranch sites, and so this is Part 1 of my sketch drop – Bodie and Chemung Mine.

The Kennicott Homestead at The Grove, Cook County, Illinois by Bob Callebert
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The late summer prairie at The Grove is truly a sight to behold. It’s worth making a special trip. The Kennicott home is back there hiding in the mist, which was really heavy this morning.

When Land of Oz first opened, it was very popular and one of the top attractions in the area. 

Apparently Debbie Reynolds was there.

But it was tied to another investment that fell flat, and one of the owners passed away, so eventually the doors were closed for good.

Thirteen years later, the doors were opened for a weekend festival in the autumn, and it’s been a tradition ever since. The park is mostly in disrepair, but gets spruced up a little for the festival.

Thousands of people attend the annual festival to get a glimpse of what the park might have been like when it was open.

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