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Inspired by Li’l Abner, a comic strip about the ragtag residents of a down-and-out mountain town, this amusement park near Marble Falls, Arkansas opened in 1968 to an underwhelming reception. Despite eclectic attractions including a trout pond and a Wild Mouse roller coaster, it never met its projected visitation of one million patrons by its tenth year, per Congressional data, and following failed attempts at revival, closed for good in 1993. It has since been reduced to a jungle-like morass identifiable only by its weathered billboard and decrepit rides, though it was sold in June 2020 to a new owner with unannounced park plans.

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