Category: north carolina

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Yellow Brick Road from The Land of Oz – Closed in 1980/Used now for special events (North Carolina, USA)

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The Land of Oz is a mostly now-defunct theme park located in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina.

Land of Oz opened in 1970 with the intention of extending the ski resort to be a ‘year-round’ attraction by offering an attraction at the pinnacle of Beech Mountain. A ski lift was specially designed to become the hot air balloon ride which has since been redeployed to be a ski lift on the back bowl of Ski Beech. In later years, characters from the story conducted tours, but the original design was for the visitor to assume the role of Dorothy – experiencing everything from Kansas to tornado to the meeting the characters on the yellow brick road to Oz. The visit culminated in Emerald City, where Dorothy appeared with her friends to meet the Wizard.
The park was the top attraction in the southeast the first year. It’s opening day in 1970 attracted 20,000 visitors. Dampened by the death of owner Grover Robbins a few months before the park opened, the driving force to keep the park as a special experience gave way to commercial necessities foisted on Carolina Caribbean Corp by the downturn in real estate sales. Emerald City burned on Sunday, December 28, 1975, destroying some artifacts, including the dress worn by Dorothy in the movie. Land of Oz finally closed in 1980.

After the park was closed much of it fell into disrepair. Props were vandalized, stolen, or left to exposed to the elements. Some of the park was saved, including as parts of the yellow brick road, a few munchkin houses, some of the later costumes, and sections of the witch’s castle were preserved.

The owner of the land restored the park about ten years later. In the late nineties, former employees started the Autumn at Oz event as a reunion. Later this became an annual event, and in 2009 the festival had 8500 attending. In 2010 more of the park’s original characters will return, the Fountain of Youth will have green water, and vendors and face painters will add to the event. Gregory Hugh Leng was guest of honor. A museum now shows costumes from the movie and other memorabilia. The Yellow Brick Road has a few of its 44,000 bricks missing but once again takes visitors through the Enchanted Forest and Poppy Field. Dorothy’s house, which can be rented for events, includes a basement intended to make visitors feel the experience of a tornado; the Wicked Witch’s legs stick out from under the house. In 2011, the park hosted the International Wizard of Oz Club and some of the original 1970 cast returned to share photos and tales from the original inspiration of Jack Pentes.

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Have you seen the news that yet another investor is trying to pull Ghost Town in the Sky back up? All I can say is good luck.

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blowingfacts365: Land of Oz is an abandoned t…

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Land of Oz is an abandoned theme park in North Carolina that’s only open two days a year. It closed down in 1980, but you can still rent it out for weddings, take private tours, or stay the night in Dorothy’s house.

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ianference: ianference: The library – still surprisingly…

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The library – still surprisingly well-stocked – in North Carolina’s Linden School, by the light of the setting sun.

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ianference: ianference: The library – still surprisingly…

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The library – still surprisingly well-stocked – in North Carolina’s Linden School, by the light of the setting sun.

Prints available here!

This print – and hundreds of others – are on sale through January 2!  Just enter code “Holiday2017″ at checkout, and save a whopping 50% on all prints from my SmugMug print server!

ianference: The edge of the overgrown abandoned parking lot near…

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The edge of the overgrown abandoned parking lot near a half-shut-down factory in North Carolina, taken in the middle of a foggy night by full moonlight and a yellow bleed from the active part of the factory complex, a few hundred yards away.

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ianference: Godfrey Stancil House, 2012.  In the small town of…

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Godfrey Stancil House, 2012.  In the small town of Penny Hill, NC, a local merchant going by Godfrey Stancil did pretty well for himself; he was able to have a rather large house built in 1840.  In the ensuing 170 years, the house was added onto, abandoned, and eventually gutted by scrappers, who went so far as to steal the original hardwood floors (by cutting out the boards in large swathes with a circular saw).  But in its day, it was clearly a lovely home.  And on the stormy day I photographed it over three years back, it was still a beaut.

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Abandoned Wizard of Oz theme park, January 2015

Tim Burton should remake the wizard of oz and use this as a set

I WANT TO HIKE/WALK THIS THEME PARK WHO IS WITH ME!?!?!!

Fertilizer Company and Weighing Station (New Bern, North…

Fertilizer Company and Weighing Station (New Bern, North Carolina)

ADDRESS: 936 N Craven St, New Bern, NC 28560

COORDINATES: 35.117065, -77.042699

Little is known about this building, although it has been around since the 1920s. 

Castle Mont Rouge (Rougemont, North Carolina)ADDRESS: 957…

Castle Mont Rouge (Rougemont, North Carolina)

ADDRESS: 957 Mountain Brook Rd, Rougemont, NC 27572

COORDINATES: 36.239500, -78.913052

A local North Carolinian artist, Robert Mihaly, built this castle to be his part-time studio and home. The building style is a combination of European-styled towers to  Middle-Eastern inspired minarets and cupolas which are covered in copper. The construction stopped after the death of his wife, leaving the exterior complete and the interior unfinished. 

This abandoned building is insanely interesting. The walls are curved, the ceilings are curved, and the windows seem to be random triangles placed on walls. It’s no doubt an artist built this place.