The Remnants Of This Dinosaur-Themed Amusement Park In Arkansas Are Terribly Creepy
Once known as the world’s largest dinosaur theme park, Dinosaur World opened in 1967. The town of Beaver, Arkansas saw a jump in tourism as visitors stopped to see hundreds of prehistoric sculptures while on their way to Beaver Lake or Eureka Springs. The park was originally named Farwell’s Dinosaur Park in its early years and was later sold and re-named John Agar’s Land of Kong after King Kong actor John Agar gave a friend permission to promote the park in his name in the late 1970s.
Dinosaur World featured the world’s largest Noah’s Ark Mural as well as 65 acres of sculptured dinosaurs and cavemen. After Agar’s King Kong was released in 1976, a 40-foot tall statue of the legendary movie monster was built and exhibited as the “World’s Largest King Kong.” The park officially closed in 2005 and over the past decades has become popular with explorers who enjoy touring abandoned theme parks.
Sculptor Emmet Sullivan designed all of the works at Dinosaur World in Arkansas. Eureka Springs visitors will also went to see his best known work, Christ of the Ozarks. Sullivan’s sculptures are also featured in South Dakota at Dinosaur Park and Wall Drug. Local constructors were hired to build Sullivan’s designed pieces.
In addition to being popular with explorers, Dinosaur World has also received attention from Hollywood. The park’s dinosaurs are shown in the opening credits of 1969’s It’s Alive, and the 2005 film Elizabethtown released a DVD cover showing the park. If you’re really into exploring this location, check out YouTuber The Carpetbagger’s complete walk through of Dinosaur World.