Dogpatch USA Revisited

Kerry Kraus
Did you or someone you know visit Dogpatch USA? (top photo) Do you remember the Jubilation T. Cornpone statue? (middle photo)  How about the Schmoo? (bottom photo) Then you’ll be interested in Friday’s Brown Bag Lecture at the Old State House Museum in downtown Little Rock.

How about the Schmoo? (bottom photo) 

Dogpatch USA, a documentary film produced by the University of Arkansas Walter J. Lemke Department of Journalism, is being shown, followed by a question and answer session with filmmakers Dixie Kline and Matthew Rowe. Participants should bring their lunch; beverages are provided. Admission is free and hours are noon to 1 p.m.
The theme park, based on Al Capp’s popular comic strip, opened with great fanfare in 1968. The documentary focuses on the ups and downs of the park and the people who believe in its place in Arkansas history. According to the film, “The park took advantage of a period when the American public seemed fascinated with ‘hillbillies.’ The new attraction impacted locals and state residents, became an economic resource and a fondly-remembered place for family fun for a quarter of a century. Significant warning signs developed even before it opened, and the park took a roller coaster ride through changing ownership, economic forces and social landscapes.” Dogpatch USA closed in 1993 and remnants can still be seen from Scenic Arkansas 7.

Call the Old State House at 501-324-9685 for more information.

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7 comments on “Dogpatch USA Revisited
  1. Norma Long says:

    I have been to Dogpatch,USA on one of our fun trips throughout Arkansas was 1970. We take touring Arkansas trips every other year just visiting our great State. We took our kids much later in the 80s for the experience as part of our touring Arkansas. We made the trip on 4 occasions before it closed. Just bad management! I could expound on the management style but won’t.

  2. Drena (Dye) Evans says:

    The schmoo was my brother, David L. Dye! And Gabby Haystack was my sister, Marilynn J. Dye. And, my other sister, Sandra K. Dye, worked in the recreation dept. And, my two stepbro’s worked in food services. So, Dogpatch provided summer work for my family! And, I, Drena Dye, was too little to work there, so I was a daily guest!! Dogpatch is a HUGE part of my childhood…thank you for providing this site! It brings back lots of memories!

  3. Beverly Roberts says:

    My father Coy Roberts worked as a security guard for several years and my brother worked as at the animal show and later as a character. Other family members and friends also worked in the park. I can not count the times I went and enjoyed. Poor management is a nice way of putting it.

  4. Linda Ballinger says:

    I use to take my kids to the good old Dog Patch U.S of A. every year. I miss it so much , it is not just for kids. it is for all ages. Family outing and fun. I wish there was a way that it would be repaired and open back up. If some one would give me the money to repair and run it . they would be rich . . Arkansas don’t have much to offer, visitors, from all around would come. That’s what makes Arkansas great to visit, was Dogpatch .

  5. janie casper says:

    I remember when my mom and dad took me,my sister and my brothers to Dogpatch USA and we loved it and it brings back alot of memories i wish it was still open and can take my kids there and my grandchildren it was great

  6. Gary McManus says:

    When I was little my family would go there all the time. I was looking up to take my grandson there to see what his papa did when he was little . But Dogpatch is no more :( Will some one ever open it up the park ? Please so my grandson see the fun his papa had when he was little

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