Thursday, 08 October 2015
Somewhere over the rainbow...in North Carolina: The 'creepy' theme park based on The Wizard of Oz
Follow the yellow brick road -- if you dare.
A North Carolina theme park known as the Land of Oz has been showcased in images taken by pseudonymous photographer Seph Lawless.
The photographs, showing the Beech Mountain attraction, are part of a book Lawless published this year, called Bizarro: The World's Most Hauntingly Beautiful Abandoned Theme Parks.
A castle, trees decorated with faces and a gate that features the word 'Oz' are seen as some of the park's elements.
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We're off to see the wizard! The Land of Oz, located in Beech Mountain, North Carolina, is seen here
Follow the yellow brick road: A tree with a decorated face is revealed in this image taken by photographer Seph Lawless
Pathways: Another view of the yellow brick road is seen here, with a spooky tree nearby
Views: Lawless said 'This place was especially creepy because of the large trees with faces'
Lawless told Dailymail.com: 'This place was especially creepy because of the large trees with faces.
'It was also very hard to get to and literally sits on the peak of a Moutain [sic].'
Lawless also revealed: 'I'm working on a really cool creepy Halloween project of a new photo essay of haunted houses across the country.'
The history of the Land of Oz goes back several decades.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the Land of Oz ran from 1970 to 1980, and faded in popularity, with its developers going into financial ruin.
The newspaper reported an annual event -- which allows the public to visit the private park -- was hatched in the 1990s as a way to save what was left.
All 7,000 tickets for the upcoming 2015 event have been purchased, according to the Wall Street Journal.
History: The Land of Oz ran from 1970 to 1980, and faded in popularity, with its developers reportedly going into financial ruin
New start: According to the Wall Street Journal, an annual event -- which allows the public to visit the private park -- was hatched in the 1990s as a way to save what was left
Fantasy land: The Land of Oz also includes a castle tucked among the trees
Shady spot: Visitors to the park can take a peek at this wooden structure
On the big screen: The 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz starred (from left to right) Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Judy Garland, and Bert Lahr
The Land of Oz website says 'We encourage that fans dress up' for what is known as Autumn at Oz.
According to NPR's Morning Edition, the park has been subject to thieves.
'The yellow bricks are the go-to thing for sure,' Page Leidy, whose grandfather reportedly purchased the property, told the radio program.
Morning Edition reported the park now has both a security system and a barbed fence.
Those curious about the park who missed out on tickets for Autumn at Oz are still able to visit. Private tours can be arranged, according to the radio program.
For more information on the Land of Oz, visit the park's website.
Journey: Private tours can also be arranged to see the Land of Oz in Beech Mountain, North Carolina
Somewhere over the rainbow? A view from the yellow brick road is seen here
Attraction: A sign with the words 'Land of Oz' is seen in this image captured by Seph Lawless