A BRAVE traveller has ventured deep into the mountains of a landlocked state to explore a forgotten 65-acre “Dinosaur World”.
Incredible pictures show what remains today of the real-life Jurassic Park and its many extraordinary prehistoric figures.
© 2018 John Daxton WardIncredible pictures show what remains today of the real-life Jurassic Park[/caption]
© 2018 John Daxton WardDinosaur World in Beaver, Arkansas, was once a tourist hotspot with about 100 life-size sculptures of dinosaurs[/caption]
© 2018 John Daxton WardIt was established in 1967 and grew to become the largest dinosaur park in the world[/caption]
© 2018 John Daxton WardSome of its dinosaurs are said to have featured in the opening scenes of 1969 horror film It’s Alive![/caption]
© 2018 John Daxton WardHuge dinosaurs are littered across the landscape[/caption]
Dinosaur World in Beaver, Arkansas, was once a tourist hotspot with about 100 life-size sculptures of dinosaurs, cavemen, and other prehistoric creatures.
It was established in 1967 and grew to become the largest dinosaur park in the world before closing in 2005.
Photographer Dax Ward refused to divulge exactly how he recently gained access to the abandoned site but said “entry is very restricted” and “there are overseers nearby”.
He explained: “The location is a scenic one, deep in the middle of the lushMountains of Northwestern Arkansas (my home state), near the town of Beaver.”
Dax described the park as being “kitschy” but in a “very picturesque” part of Arkansas, where he was born and raised.
Of the evening he visited, he said: “It was a somewhat overcast early evening and I was the only person in the area.
“I walked around for a while, trying my best to shoot images of all the dinosaurs, though I know I missed a few, trying to imagine what the park was like when in full operation.
“My brother remembers coming here as a child in the late 1970’s & said that it was a fun experience for young children, with dinosaurs (at the time) looking very lifelike to young eyes.
“The natural setting adds to the authenticity as a realistic habitat of the giant reptiles depicted in the interestingly crafted statues.”
Dax said a large creek, called Spider Creek, divided the park down the middle, with most of its dinosaurs located on the north side.
The intrepid explorer also previously photographed an abandoned hospital in Bangkok which shut down more than a decade ago.
Nawanakorn Hospital has stood derelict since ceasing operations due to a reported lack of funding, with wheelchairs, beds, and equipment today serving as a chilling reminder of its past.
Dax told The Sun he was gripped by an “unsettling feeling” as he trailed the dim corridors of the hospital.
The mammoth park, which boasted 26 large rides and 2,117 smaller ones, went to ruins when it closed less than a year after opening.
A former battleground for some of the world’s best baseball players, LaGrave Field, met a similar fate and is today a decaying wreck.
Now all that remains is a graveyard of stands and dugouts.
Eerie images also taken by Dax revealed its sad state, with seats once occupied by joyous baseball fans left to rot.
Instead of players and crowds, the only people who use the stadium today are vandals who have covered the ballpark’s walls with graffiti.
Dax’s pictures showed an overgrown field and stands littered with paper, trash, and even a fire extinguisher.
The photographer told The Sun: “As I gazed upongate, amidst the scars of vandalism, I couldn’t help but feel that LaGrave Field had become a poignant symbol of time’s passage and the ever-changing landscape of America’s favorite pastime.
“The day was eerily silent aside from the wind blowing and concession stand doorson rusty hinges.
“You could almost hear the crack of the bat, the ghosts.”of the crowd as runners slide into home plate, a ‘field of dreams’ now sits as a field of
© 2018 John Daxton WardThe park has fallen into disrepair[/caption]
© 2018 John Daxton WardEerie images show the dinos scattered around[/caption]
© 2018 John Daxton WardThe huge beasts keep a watchful eye on the park[/caption]Leave a comment