Never Neverland

Tacoma has a large park called Point Defiance, and not far from the zoo there was a children’s roadside attraction called Never Never Land. Parents paid a few dollars admission to entertain their children with a walk through the woods amidst statues of Mother Goose characters and fairy tale denizens. Most of the houses were large enough to allow children to go in and out of them, and there were a few larger pieces that made a playground.

It was a favorite stop of mine when I was under 10, and when I moved back up here I was very disappointed to find out that it had fallen into disrepair. The characters had been removed and the leftover houses had become a picnic area. But, as you can see from the pictures, what was left was hazardous. The rest of the park was torn down just recently, and I understand Humpty Dumpty is looking for a new home. Last summer I was able to get in just in time to take a last look at it, so here it is, the final days of Never Never Land.

The entrance to the park The entrance to the park
Once home to the clock for Hickory Dickory Dock Once home to the clock for Hickory Dickory Dock
The Old Woman in the Shoe was a slide The Old Woman in the Shoe was a slide
There was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile There was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile
Ding Dong Dell, pussy's in the well Ding Dong Dell, pussy’s in the well
Unidentified log cabin Unidentified log cabin
Santa's workshop was busy year-round Santa’s workshop was busy year-round
Home of the Three Little Pigs Home of the Three Little Pigs
Hansel and Gretal visited the witch here Hansel and Gretal visited the witch here
Gingerbread men detail Gingerbread men detail
Where they held live shows Where they held live shows

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