SUGAR HOUSE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Many Utahns have driven past the popular “Hobbitville” to gossip about the unknown mysteries inside the gated walls.
Hobbitville originated as Allen Park, a bird sanctuary built in the 1930’s by Dr. George Allen. The cages and unique landscape were originally used to house birds and other wildlife.
During the 1930’s and 40’s Dr. Allen needed a way to fund the sanctuary, so he relocated small houses to rent for added income.
After Dr. Allen died in 1961 the sanctuary was open every Sunday for public viewing. Local rumors evolved over the years transforming the plot into a fantasy land, inhabited by creatures.
The rustic park is located at 1300 East across from Westminster College.
Sgt. Shearer with Salt Lake City Police Department says the landowner who he believes to be the matriarch of the family recently passed away.
The residents who currently live inside Allen Park were told to be out in early December but an extension was given until the new year.
The land is privately owned with no released information on future plans for the plot.