September 17, 2007
In 1993, the once-popular theme park, Dogpatch USA, located near Jasper (Newton County), was closed to the public. The amusement park was based on characters and locations in Al Capp’s popular “Li’l Abner” comic strip. The town of Marble Falls (Newton County) between Jasper and Harrison (Boone County) had changed its name officially to Dogpatch to help promote the park. The name was changed back in 1997.