We recently posted about Bible Storyland, a documentary film about the failed 1960s biblical theme park of the same name designed by Disney creatives. We have now learned about Space City USA, a never-completed 1960s space theme park in Huntsville, Alabama. According to The Huntsville Times, construction of the park was announced in 1964 to the thrill of locals and by 1967, the site was shutdown and the project declared an expensive failure.
Space City would have a skyway ride, a glass-bottom boat, a lunar restaurant shaped like a giant mushroom, a jet car ride, a flying saucer, futuristic “time machines,” a simulated colony on the moon and even a miniature volcano.
Guests would enter through a “time machine” into various themed areas, like the Lost World with dinosaur models, a simulated moon colony, a “Land of Oz” and an Old South section.
The Huntsville Times recently ran a history of Space City USA along with a gallery of then and now images including ones from longtime Huntsville resident Toni Reynolds whose husband invested in the project.
The Huntsville Times original news story on Space City USA
Space City USA photograph by Dr. William S. Reynolds taken May 1965. Photo shows construction of volcano in “Lost World.”
Space City USA stock certificate. 100 shares at $2.00/ share.
Photo shows grading work at northeast edge of lake. Space City USA aerial photograph taken by Dr. William S. Reynolds approx. fall 1963 – spring 1964.
The Huntsville Times news story image via Scribd
Space City brochure images via Adam Campbell
Thanks to Mark Johnson for the tip!