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Shutterbug Saturday: Land of Oz 4.0

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More from my Land of Oz photo collection. Previous posts are here, here & here. It has been over a year since I posted any of these. More to come. ~Vic

Blue Ridge Mountain Shot Image One
The Blue Ridge Mountains
as seen from the Park.
Circa: Early 1970s
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Entrance Fountain Image Two
Fountain at the Entrance to the Park.
Circa: Early 1970s
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Bust of Dorothy Image Three
Dorothy & Toto Sculpture
It is my understanding that this bust
is missing…stolen like other artifacts.
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Yellow Brick Road Dance Image Four
Follow The Yellow Brick Road
Circa: Early 1970s
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Scarecrow Image Five
Scarecrow
Circa: Middle 90s
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Tin Man House Image Six
Tin Man’s House
Salvaged in the early 90s
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Cowardly Lion Image Seven
Cowardly Lion
Circa: Middle 90s
I swear he looks more like Stephen King’s IT
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty
Wizard Image Eight
You found the Wizard.
Circa: Middle 90s
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty

Shutterbug Saturday: Land of Oz 2.0

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Land of Oz Book Image One
Image Credit: Emerald Mountain Realty

Previous Post: Land of Oz

When the Land of Oz opened, Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, Carrie Fisher, were on hand for the ribbon cutting. Sadly, the owner of the park, Grover Cleveland Robbins, Jr., passed away due to cancer in March, prior to the opening in June 1970. His brother Harry carried on in their company Carolina Caribbean Corporation. Robbins created the Tweetsie Railroad Wild West Amusement Park.

Their father, Grover Cleveland Robbins, Sr., was the Mayor of Blowing Rock, NC (several terms), served as the postmaster, started the Chamber of Commerce in 1922 and helped start the first high school there. Our Blue Ridge Parkway, here in NC, is because Robbins, Sr., was sent to Washington, D.C., by our, then, Governor, to make sure it would not be built in Tennessee.

The designer of the Theme Park was Jack Pentes, a Korean War veteran and, creator of Carolina Clowns and soft-play equipment.

Carrie Fisher Jack Pentes Debbie Reynolds Image Two
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Jack Pentes Image Three
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Harry Robbins Debbie Reynolds Jack Pentes Image Four
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Harry Robbins Debbie Reynolds Image Five
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Land of Oz (Official Site)

Additional Reading:
Five Interesting Things (North Carolina Field & Family)
That Abandoned Wizard of Oz Theme Park? (Popsugar)
Ribbon Cutting: The Robbins Trail (Watauga Democrat)