Fire destroys gift shop/restaurant at Dinosaur World
A fire engulfed the gift shop/restaurant at Dinosaur World on U.S. Hwy. 187, west of Eureka Springs, Wednesday night. Fire crews from Inspiration Point Volunteer Fire Department were toned out at about 8:45 p.m., with Grassy Knob and Holiday Island fire departments providing mutual aid.
The building was destroyed, but the fire was contained to the immediate area, with crews remaining on scene all night to douse flare-ups.
Dinosaur World, a 65-acre theme park, was started in the 1960s by Ola Farwell, who built the King Kong statue. Dinosaur statues were sculpted by Emmett Sullivan, who also sculpted the Christ of the Ozarks statue at the Great Passion Play.
Dinosaur World was closed in 2005.