In 1970, a Wizard of Oz-inspired theme park was opened as a summer attraction in a North Carolina ski resort town called Beech Mountain. It struggled to stay open and was closed more than 35 years ago.



Johnny Joo, a photographer based in Ohio, visited the ruins of the Land of Oz in 2015 and captured these eerie photos.



The first summer the park opened, it attracted more than 400,000 visitors, according to the Watauga Lake Magazine.



The park was designed by Jack Pentes, who made it so visitors walked through it in the same order as the events of L. Frank Baum’s books and the Wizard of Oz movie.

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