Dinosaur World

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City/Town: BeaverEureka Springs
Location Class: CommercialAmusement
Year Built: 1960's
Year Abandoned: 2005
Status: AbandonedBurned Down
Photojournalist: JenTilJames Kirkendall

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Dinosaur World, earlier known as John Agar’s Land of Kong and ” Farwell’s Dinosaur Park”, was a tourist attraction in Beaver, Arkansas. It was a theme park covering 65 acres , which contained a hundred life-size sculptures of dinosaurs, cavemen, and other prehistoric creatures as well as the world’s largest Noah’s Ark Mural. The park closed in 2005. It was the largest dinosaur park in the world.

The park was started in 1967 when Ola Farwell hired Emmet Sullivan to build 6-10 life-size replicas of dinosaurs. It was called “Farwell’s Dinosaur Park”. In the late 1970s the park was sold to Ken Childs and became “John Agar’s Land of Kong”. That’s when a 40 feet (12 m) tall statue of King Kong known as the “World’s Largest King Kong” was built. The owner, a friend of film actor John Agar, received permission from John Agar to use his name in the name of the park. John Agar had appeared in the 1976 version of King Kong. Many articles report that John Agar was either the owner or part owner, but he was never either one.

dworld14The sculptures were created by Emmet Sullivan, who also designed the dinosaur statues in Dinosaur Park and Wall Drug in South Dakota, and the Christ of the Ozarks statue in nearby Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Two local men, A. C. McBride and Orvis Parker handled the actual construction of the dinosaurs.

Along with the nearby Beaver Dam, a few of the park’s dinosaurs are featured briefly during the opening scenes of the 1969 horror movie ‘It’s Alive!’. The tyrannosaurus is featured in the 2005 film Elizabethtown and is shown on the film’s cover.

As of 2006 the park was intact but completely grown over. Oddly all the shelves in the gift shop were still stocked. On August 3, 2011, a fire destroyed the park’s main building. The fire was suspected to be arson.

Photos Contributed by JenTil and James Kirkendall! Enjoy!




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angie
angie
2 months ago

can I get in any other way besides the main gate?

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3 months ago

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Kelly Edwards
Kelly Edwards
4 months ago

Would they be willing to sell?

Kelly Edwards
Kelly Edwards
4 months ago

Are they willing g to sell?

Manna South
Manna South
8 months ago

I was wondering if anyone knew the owners. I would be interested in possibly buying one or two of the dinosaurs that has been left behind.

Amanda Martinosky
Amanda Martinosky
8 months ago

I was wondering if anyone knew the owners. I would be interested in possibly buying one or two of the dinosaurs left behind.

Tammie Rogers
Tammie Rogers
8 months ago

Can we go in just too look.

Daniela Hunt
Daniela Hunt
Reply to  Tammie Rogers
8 months ago

Unfortunately there is a no trespassing sign

cynthia ballard
8 months ago

hello. I was wondering if anyone knows how to get ahold of the owner. would love to go and see this place and take some pictures. I promise all ill take is my pictures and memories lol. thanks and have a blessed day.

Daniela Hunt
Daniela Hunt
Reply to  cynthia ballard
8 months ago

You can’t. There is no trespassing.

Tina
Tina
8 months ago

Please someone re open this

Ann
Ann
10 months ago

There is a dinosaur world in Kentucky…..located in Cave City. That's about 40 miles from where they actually filmed the movie "Elizabethtown". It's a shame that kids these days have very little interest in doing things such as visiting places like this and museum's they would rather play a game or busy on social media.

Smith
Smith
Reply to  Ann
8 months ago

I recall as a child going there often they allowed military in uniform in for free that was during Vietnam when we didn’t appreciate our military. There was a swinging bridge. I recall it was simple provided family time and you walked those acres and didn’t realize the exercise you were getting.

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1 year ago

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Alin Carter
1 year ago

I remember going to this place when I was little. vaguely, but I do remember!!!

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1 year ago

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Ahamed
Ahamed
1 year ago

Thanks

Jonathan
Jonathan
1 year ago

I would love to buy that VW van if its available. Can some one please contact me with the owner?

androidappapks
1 year ago

This is simply astonishing pictures of sculptures of some of the extinct creatures.

Tammy Maldonado
Tammy Maldonado
1 year ago

Is it ok to go in now and take pictures of what's left? My husband and I road by it this week but didn't want to get prosecuted for trespassing.

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