Pictures: This ’60s Era Old West 1800s Theme Park Is For Sale
If your family took trips to the Lake of the Ozarks and went through Warsaw in the 1980s or the first part of the '90s you might have stopped at this pioneer theme park on Cumberland Gap Avenue in Warsaw. It's long since closed, but now it's for sale and we've got some pictures you can check out.
According to Four States Homepage, the 1800s-inspired theme park opened in 1979 and lasted until the end of the 1995 Lake of the Ozarks tourist season. It was the brainchild of current owner Marion Shipman.
According to the Four States story, Shipman visited Silver Dollar City when he was six years old and decided he needed to build a place like that and started planning it. In 1966 Shipman's grandparents bought some land and as a teen in 1975, he built the blacksmith shop, the general store, and a little shed for soapmaking. And according to the article, his whole family eventually got involved in helping him make his dream a reality.
I think it's a really cool story because I've always been passionate about theme parks, carnivals, and that type of thing. There's a magic in the fun you can help people have, and the memories they can make in places like this. That said, I never thought of building anything to try and bring it to life. The closest I got was playing the various versions of Roller Coaster Tycoon, and that was as a grown adult.
Shipman told Four States he tried to sell the property in 1989 but had no takers. This time he hopes to close a deal with the right buyer who'll revive the attraction. And I think that would be a very cool outcome.
The property is being offered by Susan Newman of Missouri Lakes Realty for $295,000 and contains 20 buildings on 20 acres. Check out the listing here. And keep scrolling to see some great pictures from the property.