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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Manna South
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Manna South

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
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Amanda Martinosky

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
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Tammie Rogers

Can we go in just too look.

Daniela Hunt
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Daniela Hunt

Unfortunately there is a no trespassing sign

cynthia ballard
Guest

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
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Daniela Hunt

You can’t. There is no trespassing.

Tina
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Tina

Please someone re open this

Ann
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Ann

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
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Smith

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

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Ahamed
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Ahamed

Thanks

Jonathan
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Jonathan

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

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

Tammy Maldonado
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Tammy Maldonado

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.

Amanda
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Amanda

I loved this place as a kid, we went every year, sometimes more than once. I remember it as Dinosaur Park and remember when they added the cavemen and Kong. The owner knew me (as a fan) and several times we went off season, he’d let us in even though the park was closed. He had a Shepard dog and a pet deer, he’d drive through the park and the two would run behind the car. It was a wonderland to me as I loved dinosaurs as a kid – I was obsessed with them. We drove several hours to… Read more »

george macy
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george macy

Please change the name of he "location". The park is near EUREKA SPRINGS. There is no such place as Beaver Springs, though the town of Beaver is near the vicinity.

Chris
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Chris

This is so cool! I wish it was still open to visit! Would love to take the grandkids who love dinosaurs! Dinosaurs are really making a comeback with children! My husband and I host an adult halloween party every year and build different scenes and have several animatronics and props on our acreage. We have a big scavenger hunt where they go through the different scenes and figure out clues and have to retrieve a token for each clue. This year some of the scenes we would like to do are Jurassic park and night at the museum, however it… Read more »

Tamara Fletcher
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Tamara Fletcher

My grandpa, Jessie Orvis Parker, was one if the men who helped build the dinosaurs. He and grandma, Mary, ran the place for a while under Farwell..Grandma ran the cafe and Grandpa kept up with the gift shop and the grounds. I loved grandma's cooking and the old swinging bridge across the gully. I was like in 1st or 2nd grade at the time. Great memories! LOVED that place!

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