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Remember this? A trip to the beach almost always meant a trip to the Pixie Kitchen. This is another of Oregon’s most famous icons that was lost to apathy.

One of the best places to eat at the beach was Pixie Kitchen at Lincoln City. It was the home of “Heavenly Food on the Oregon Coast”. I remember my Aunt Ruth talking about it every time she went to the beach. Pixie Kitchen opened in the 1930’s at Oceanlake, Oregon, which is now Lincoln City.

This Sixties view shows an added section to the left that virtually doubled the floor space

The exaggerated mirrors can be seen inside Pixie Kitchen’s entryway

Interior view of Pixie Kitchen looking outside where the Pixie Train can be seen. Pixie Kitchen had several different owners over the years.

Pixie Kitchen was named for Pixie.

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Pixie Kitchen was so popular that an Amusement Park was conceived.

Plans for Pixieland were unveiled in 1967 by Jerry Parks, the then current owner of Pixie Kitchen. He described it as a 57-acre "Fairytale Story of Oregon." In this first rendering we see a frontier village, "industrial exhibit buildings," canals, a children's zoo, canoe docks, a treehouse, an "Indian village," riverboat, lighthouse, merry-go-round, Ferris wheel and "log flume thrill ride."

Cost of the theme park was estimated at two million dollars and Parks hired two former Disneyland employees, the director of music and director of special promotions, to help design, build and operate the park. Parks bought a parcel of land along Highway 18, near Otis, Oregon about three miles north of Lincoln City. Construction began later that year.

Gov. Tom McCall dedicated Pixieland to the families of Oregon on June 28, 1969. You can see the Main Street Arcade, the Print Shop, the Shoot-Out and the Darigold Cheese Barn.

Pixieland had its own train, the Little Toot.

At the Darigold Barn Fountain you could get a sundae, a shake or an ice cream cone, or you could go strolling through the cheese cave where there were more types of cheese than a person could eat in a month. Next to the barn, was the Shoot Out, the Print Shop and the Arcade Amusements.

Little Toot (aka Little Pixie) can be seen stopped at Pixieland Depot.

You couldn’t go to Pixieland without getting a Scone. The Giant Scotch Tam (Hat) on the roof of the Fisher’s Scone building is a full 32 feet in diameter.

The Giant Tam was made of over 1200 square feet of fiberglass material, more than 60 gallons of resin and over 400 feet of steel bars were used in its construction. In the background you can see the flume for the log ride.

There was always a splash on the Log Flume ride. To the rear and to the right is the Opera House.

Melodrama shows were a hit at the Blue Bell Opera House.

The Franz Bread Rest Hut overlooked the Log Flume ride.

Little Toot rounds the curve as it makes its way around the Park.

I remember going to Pixieland a couple times as a kid. I remember catching the spray on the Log Flume Ride, going to the live theater with its villains and heroines. You had to eat a Fisher Scone and load up on candy at the Phillips Candy Kitchen.

Pixieland closed within four years. The rides were sold and the buildings were torn down. The Log Flume Ride was sold in 1974 to Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah where it still operates today. Risbergs Truck Line hauled off the Pixieland Steam Train - Little-Toot to Lagoon Park - and so ended Pixieland. Few traces of Pixieland remain, the land was returned to wetlands. Trees and brush eventually grew over everything including the RV Park.

Over the years, Pixie Kitchen changed hands several times and it was in operation for about 60 years. I remember eating there the last time in 1988. All remnants of Pixie Kitchen vanished in the next few years. Afterward the building housed Brandon’s nightclub as well as a residence.

Several years ago, the building caught fire. Even though a good portion of the building was left, it was never restored. The residential section was destroyed in the fire, but the section containing the famous arched roof was left in a reparable condition. Apparently the owner wasn’t able to raise enough cash to restore it and the community let this one go.

The building was razed about 10 years ago. All that remains are a few souvenirs and wonderful memories. What an opportunity to build a new home for Pixie and bring him out of storage! Pixie as well as his pixie family and their wooden train must still be out there somewhere.

Last updated 01-01-13

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