a way cool setting for a story

dinopark2Here’s a creeptacular setting for your latest comic or other story– an abandoned amusement park full of fiberglass dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, somewhere along the twisting two lanes of some past its prime tourist region in the Great Lakes Midwest.  (This one is/was in Michigan, which makes the cactuses especially fun.)

An obvious plot would be to use it as a setting for a horror story or one that turns on magic, and have the creatures come to life.  But it also works well toned down, as a site for a romance or a soliloquy scene for private character development.  Or a character could find it, later in life, and feel sweet/bitter/bittersweet nostalgia for the loss of a childhood fantasy. My favorite though, would be to have this park be the first thing someone sees on their first visit to our timeline.

Don’t worry, though.  Whatever story I tell about the abandoned dino park, I promise to not to use it to explain away the mammoths of Kekionga.  Those are real mammoths, man.  I promise you that.


Follow the link here to a bunch of photographs and supplementary material about this great setting.  Be aware that the original story was written in 2010 and much may have changed between now and then.  Don’t just drive to Michigan right now, hoping to photograph the sculptures in the snow …

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4 Responses to a way cool setting for a story

  1. Layla Lawlor says:

    Oh, this is wonderful! You’re right, it would make a fantastic story setting.

  2. Layla Lawlor says:

    Also, when I went looking I found this video from last spring, so it looks like most of the dinosaurs are still there: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LC8J4PQCp8

  3. Rick Santman says:

    You can still see a few as you whiz by on US 12. A mere handful of miles from Casa Santman, we buzz by it a couple times a year at least. The big ol’ Bronto out front muchin’ on the top of a palm tree has been a local landmark for a couple generations at least. “Turn left about a half mile past the dinosaur”

  4. Wolfie says:

    I was last by there in about 2006. I’ll have to head on down and see it again!

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