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  • Thursday, February 22, 2018

This week one cannot help but think about Michael Jackson, the king of Pop and the man who danced like he had no bones in his body. Michael Jackson often saw himself as Peter Pan and named his ranch “Neverland”.

Neverland Valley Ranch is a developed property in Santa Barbara County, California. The ranch is located at 5225 Figueroa Mountain Road, about five miles north of unincorporated Los Olivos, and about eight miles north of the town of Santa Ynez. The property covers an area of over 2,800 acres. The area surrounding Neverland previously consisted of working ranches; today, the area is made up of vineyards. The property was purchased from golf course entrepreneur William Bone.

The ranch operated as Jackson’s private amusement park and home when the facility opened in 1988, but is no longer in operation. It contained, among other things, a zoo and a theme park, with a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round, zipper, spider, sea dragon, wave swinger, super slide, dragon wagon kiddie roller coaster, and bumper cars. It is named after Neverland, the fantasy island in the story of Peter Pan, where children never grow up.

On November 11, 2008 Jackson transferred the title to Sycamore Valley Ranch Company LLC, and neighbors reported immediate activity on the property including removal of the amusement rides. The Santa Barbara County Assessor’s Office stated Jackson sold an unknown proportion of his property rights for $35 million. The singer said he no longer considered the ranch a home, feeling the 70 police officers had “violated” it in their searches following allegations of sexual misconduct.

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