by Lance Turner
Posted 3/27/2013 08:45 am
Updated 8 months ago
What's left of Dogpatch USA in Marble Falls (Newton County) has been included in the Weather Channel's round-up of "Creepy Abandoned Theme Parks" from throughout the country.
You can see the full slideshow here. It includes other left-behind attractions, including Six Flags in New Orleans, which was badly damaged after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Arkansas Business reporter Luke Jones wrote about Dogpatch in our March 4 tourism edition. The park, which opened in 1968, featured an assortment of "hillbilly" style rides and attractions based on Al Capp’s comic strip "Li’l Abner."
In its first year the park brought in 300,000 visitors. Marble Falls even changed its name to Dogpatch.
After a bankruptcy, several changes of ownership and a few failed attempts to change the park’s theme — including turning it into a religious theme park called "God’s Patch" — the park closed in 1993. In 1997, the town changed its name back to Marble Falls. Since then, the park has been collecting dust in the Ozarks, and continues to do so in 2013.