Pixieland – Otis Junction, Oregon

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Pixieland (now closed) was an amusement park located near Otis Junction, Oregon on Hwy 18. It was about three miles north of Lincoln City, the home of The Famous Pixie Kitchen, a popular tourist destination and restaurant.

In 1967, Jerry Parks, the owner of The Pixie Kitchen unveiled a two-million dollar plan for Pixieland, a 57-acre “Fairytale Story of Oregon,” that would include a frontier village, industrial exhibit buildings, canals, a children’s zoo, canoe docks, a treehouse, an Indian village, riverboat, lighthouse, merry-go-round, Ferris wheel and log flume thrill ride. The park also had a train dubbed Little Toot (later renamed Little Pixie).

Then-Governor Tom McCall dedicated Pixieland to the families of Oregon on June 28, 1969. Unfortunately, Pixieland closed within four years. The remains of the park were sold or torn down. The Little Pixie train (renamed Merriweather) and the log flume rides were sold to Lagoon amusement park.

After Pixieland closed, the property became an RV Park and later Trailer home park. Today, what remained of Pixieland has been returned to nature as wetlands to restore the Salmon River estuary which the initial development of Pixieland had disrupted.

A permanent exhibition featuring memorabilia from Pixie Kitchen and Pixieland can be found at the North Lincoln County Historical Museum in Lincoln City, Oregon.

Pixieland, Hwy 18 Oregon (Website)
North Lincoln County Historical Museum (Website)

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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