Just this morning I found out about the Land of Oz up in Beech Mountain, NC, which is now an abandoned theme park. It was open for just a decade and closed in 1980. The bricks have grown over and vandals have made off with the Emerald City.

But once a year (this weekend, people!) they open the gates and let folks wander through.

I bet that is great for forty year olds to get their fix of nostalgia, which I need none of, cause this place closed before I was even born. But I'm just having a heck of a day reading about it and digging through old archival photographs of the place. It's so perfect in the Return to Oz kind of way.

Southern roadside Americana at it's best.