For Labor Day weekend, there are likely to be significant numbers on the Oregon Coast, and tourists in Lincoln City will be able to return to what was once a very well-liked family vacation spot.
From 1969 to 1975, Pixieland operated as a very well-liked but short-lived amusement park, and it is currently the focus of a new documentary by Peter Dibble titled “The Forgotten Story of Pixieland.”
The proprietor of the “Pixie Kitchen,” a well-known seafood restaurant in what is now Lincoln City, constructed the park. Pixieland’s construction is thought to have cost up to $2 million, which, after accounting for inflation, would amount to $15 million in 2022.
Pixieland had an Old West village, a variety of rides, and a train that encircled the park. In actuality, it offered the West Coast’s first log-flume ride before the well-known one at Knott’s Berry Farm in California.
The Kiwanis club president gave the following explanation of what Pixieland means to their community:
“Pixieland’s opening was a big affair. There weren’t many entertainment options, but Pixieland was a major thing and a very significant one. Tom McCall, the governor of Oregon, dedicated the park when it was opened. Geoffrey Peterson remarked that it was a sight to behold in Oregon and the Northwest.
Only six years were spent in Pixieland. The park closed in 1975 because it was not profitable. Even so, it is still warmly recalled by many in Lincoln City, which even holds the summertime charity event Pixie Days.
This weekend, the documentary is free to view. The Bijou Theater in Lincoln City will screen “The Forgotten Story of Pixieland” on both Friday night and Sunday lunchtime.
You’ll see some Pixieland artifacts and memorabilia in addition to the movie. The documentary is also available on YouTube, where it has had more than 400,000 views as of Thursday morning. You can watch it just by clicking on it.
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