Photo TR: Deadwood, An undiscovered park in Bear Grass, NC!!

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Photo TR: Deadwood, An undiscovered park in Bear Grass, NC!!

Postby carolinacaniac » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:23 pm

Hey everyone,

Before I get into the description of this place and the pictures, allow me to share a story. Back when I got my Garmin as a birthday present, I played around with it to see what could be found with the different features. One of the types of places you can find include theme parks, however, many of the places that will come up for beign nearby are your typical FEC's, although it does list the major parks nearby if there are any near your location. From our apartment, the nearest place that comes up is the Greenville Fun Park, which is a slightly run down FEC with go karts. The next place listed is Deadwood, our featured destination which, at the time I checked out the Garmin, I assumed was another regular FEC.

Fast forward to a few weekends ago, I went with my older sister Katie and our friend Brandon to checkout the haunted corn field that is put on by some volunteer fire fighters, and I thought it would be cool to see if I could find some other haunted attractions nearby. When I searched the internet, I found a link to the Deadwood Haunted House, I made the connection that this was the same place as what was listed on the Garmin, so I searched Yahoo, and found the Deadwood website.

It so happens that Deadwood is actually a small park that was built by a father and son, by the names of Ira and Derek Price, who were former construction workers. The place started as a miniture golf course, and they eventually added other attractions like the Iron Horse Express miniture train, a coin-operated merry-go-round, and the Dinosaur Canyon roller coaster. Deadwood also features a resturant and an ice cream shop. About once a month, the Prices, along with a few others, put on a dinner theater performance about the trial of Jack McCall. While not the largest place in the world, it is certainly a neat place, with a lot of attention to detail made on the part of the Prices in constructing the buildings. According to an article that I had read, they are planning on adding a canoe ride and some sort of a spinning ride (which I have "EXCLUSIVE" construction pictures of).

Now in regards to the channeling Big Mike, as many of you know, He had covered many parks that were not listed on Theme Park Review, and I felt that the best way to pay tribute to his contributions was to follow in his footsteps, and share this undiscovered park wtih the TPR crew! I am also going to send links, pics and some info to RCDB as this place is not even listed in the database!

For an interesting read or too about the park, here is an article that was featured in Our State Magazine.

For my personal experiences at the place, I stopped by for a bit during their Halloween event to check the place out. The resturant was packed, and the place was pretty busy with people wanting to checkout the haunted house and ghost train. I took a ride on the train that night, and it was pretty fun with a lot of random characters walking about to scare the passengers.

This past weekend, Melissa and I took Isabella (my older sister's daughter) for a few hours. We took a couple spins on the train, Dinosaur Canyon (Credit #166), some playground time, and a bit of ice cream. In the future, Melissa and I are going to check out the dinner theatre, and the resturant itself.

Now that I got all of that out of the way, here are the pictures, and I hope you all enjoy!

-Gary "here's to Big Mike" T.
So here we are at Deadwood, located in Bear Grass, NC. About half an hour from our apartment in Greenville.
When you arrive to the parking lot, you pass by this building.
Welcome to Deadwood
Melissa is ready for a ride on the Iron Horse Express
As am I with Isabella
This is the general central area of Deadwood, from the train
If only they were all called that
One the train, you can see many random statues, such as this pig
Izzy B loved the train!
More random things on the train route, like tipis
and Aliens (left overs from the Haunted Train)
Of course where there are aliens, there are UFOs nearby!
During the haunted train ride, this dude eats people!!!!!!
Iron Horse Express
They have this neat sign that shows the distances to other places.........
PB080061.JPG Greenville
This is the building that houses "The Trial of Jack McCall" dinner show
When you enter, you are greeted by this sign
Here is the stage where the show takes place
Just through the side doors, you will find the resturant
The outside of the resturant
Some of the really well done buildings
The ice cream shop
Another view of the ice cream shop, arcade, and gift shop
Izzy B having some strawberry ice cream
In the gift shop, you can get a Deadwood t shirt.......
...and comic books!
Once you leave the Ice Cream shop, the kids can take a ride on the mini merry-go-round
You can also go to the other side, and take a spin on the Dinosaur Canyon roller coaster
Izzy B and I are waiting for our turn.
Ready to go!
Izzy B rides the Merry Go Round
Izzy B with Aunt Melissa!
Riding the Caboose!
As seen from the Caboose
Random gnomes in a tub
Here is the work in progress for the spinning ride, located next to Dinosaur Canyon
And beside that is the work in progress for the canoe ride
The miniture golf course, how this place got its start
They also have a very well done playground right next to the resturant. How many resturants that are not in the fast food sector can you think of that have playgrounds right outside?
Tire Swing!
She could be training for American Gladiators at a young age, you never know!
Running across the bridge
And a few shots from the parking lot........
....and one more
And while the road would be a fitting end to a normal Gary made Photo TR, this is partially in tribute of Big Mike, so...............
PB080091.JPG are the prices to the park's two main attractions! Thanks for checking it out, hope you all enjoyed!
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Postby coasterdude5 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:27 pm

Awesome trip report! That's a cool find, it's got this Dollywood meets Ghost Town feeling to it. I don't even think this place is listed at RCDB.

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Postby downunder » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:30 pm

Awesome TR, that place is too cute.

I'm sure Big Mike is heqading for his car right now.

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Postby SharkTums » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:42 pm

Cool find, thanks for sharing!

Larry, I see you reading the thread...I take it this will be part of the park index momentarily??? =)

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Postby larrygator » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:45 pm

Gary - thank you for introducing the 406th park to TPR's Park Index
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Postby Big Mike » Tue Nov 11, 2008 9:52 pm

Big Mike gives Gary a standing ovation for such an outstanding trip report!!!

Big Mike bows down to Gary for finding a brand new coaster to go check out!!! :)

Big Mike salutes Gary for being cool and dedicating it to Big Mike LOL.

Awesome job my friend! I love how Izzy was having so much fun, that was really nice to see!

Looks like another stop for The Big Mike Road Show to hit soon :)

Thanks again for the very nice shout out, but you definately outdid my Road Show since I have never found a totally out of the blue coaster yet!!!

I commend, congratulate, and thank you all at once as you made all The Valuable Big Mike Readers proud indeed!!!

It is a wonderful thing to see the love for the Road Show, it makes the off season much easier to live through lol.

See you in 2009 hopefully Gary!

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Postby disneyfan1313 » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:17 pm

How cool is that! I can't believe there is a newly found credit out there. Thanks for the great TR.

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Postby carolinacaniac » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:22 pm

I appreciate the compliments!

I would have to say that finding this place was like Christopher Columbus discovering the New World..........While Chris and I didn't know it, these places did exist, we just happen to be the ones to brag about finding it! :)

If the Big Mike Road Show makes a stop sometime to check it out, I would love to be there to witness the Roadshow's first stop ever in Eastern North Carolina!!!

*UPDATE* - Deadwood is now listed on RCDB here
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Postby robbalvey » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:39 pm

That is awesome! Congrats on such a cool find.


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Postby ginzo » Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:55 am

Great work, Gary! I used to be a big fan of HBO's Deadwood show. There's a *lot* of potential with this theme and it's a nice spin off the standard generic old west theme.
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