July 6, 2009
In 1934, Al Capp created Li’l Abner, which was one of the nation’s most popular comic strips for more than forty years. In the 1960s, he was approached by a group of northwest Arkansas businessmen asking if he would consent to the opening of a theme park based on the strip’s hillbilly characters and location. Although he had rejected previous offers, Capp agreed, and on October 3, 1967, he spoke at the groundbreaking ceremonies of Dogpatch USA. The moderately successful theme park operated from 1968 to 1993.