Exploring The Abandoned - Dogpatch USA

March 16, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Dogpatch USA Gallery

Once an active theme park based upon the Lil' Abner comic strip, Dogpatch USA has sat abandoned for over 20 years. In that time it has changed hands several times and plans to revive it for various purposes have failed to come to fruition.

Today the park sits in a state of disrepair with most of the attractions long since removed save for the old water slide.

At the south end of the old park is a dam constructed at the mouth of the waterfall for which the city is named, Marble Falls.  This dam was constructed in such a way as to incorporate the existing falls as the primary path for water to flow out of the newly created lake.  Erosion thru the years have formed an upper and lower level.

Upper Marble Falls
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The lower section of Marble Falls has had sewage infiltrate it over the years as old septic systems have leaked into the ground water lending quite the unpleasant odor to the air.

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One of the attractions at Dogpatch was a railroad ride through the park which featured clear views of the falls and the lake to the north.

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The tram continued on south for a bit before passing through a tunnel prior to looping back to the north.

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The only attraction still standing is the water slide, though it's wooden structure is not to be trusted for climbing on.  
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