The strange beauty of abandoned amusement parks
Stumbled across this via Reece Shearsmith on Twitter. Oddly compelling and strangely haunting images of abandoned theme parks from around the world:
Looking through these brought back depressing memories of a visit as an 11-year old to the Flinstones Bedrock City “Amusement Park” in Williams, AZ. Built over 40 years ago during the Route 66 roadside attraction craze, this lonely concrete replica of a cartoon town had seen better days, and was eerily deserted. A selection of photos sourced online perfectly encapsulate the tragic air of the place, below:
I was very surprised to see that, en route to Las Vegas for a stag do last January, the place was still there. I was sure it would be long gone by now. I searched for it when I returned and found this piece from Messy Nessy Chic from later that same year, which aptly describes the place with the same grim fascination I have now, but completely lacked as a simply disappointed young child when I first saw it myself some 17 years ago.
“You can only wonder how Bedrock City in Arizona even still exists and if was it ever a popular stop for tourists on their way to the Grand Canyon? Isolated in the middle of the Arizona desert, a giant Fred Flintstone cutout prevails over the thirsty landscape. The park employs a staff of two or three people at best. Infrequent curious visitors drift in and out of multicolor concrete bungalows and survey the neglect that marks the expiration date of a 1960s cult animated series so many grew up with.”
Yabba-Dabba-Doo not be tempted to visit it if you’re ever passing.