Wanna buy The Flintstones home? A Wilma Flintstone figure is seen at the Flintstones Bedrock City theme park (AP photos)
Wanna buy The Flintstones home?
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"Flintstones" fans with a few million dollars now have a chance to rule over the town of Bedrock and own a page right out of history.

The owner of Flintstones Bedrock City, a northern Arizona theme park designed around the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, is selling the property. The price is $2 million. Linda Speckels said she is ready to retire from operating the park and campground. It is located in Williams. That is about 30 miles south of the Grand Canyon.

"I'm 73 years old. I don't have that many more years of adventure time left," said Speckels. She has been trying to sell the place for more than a year. "I love the property. But I feel like it's time for somebody else to come in and enjoy it and do something with it."

The price, however, does not include the image licensing of everyone's favorite modern, stone-age family. Warner Bros. currently owns Hanna-Barbera properties. But Speckels has renewed her own deal over the years with different licensors. New owners would have to work out their own licensing agreement.

Speckels said she is optimistic that anyone who would care enough to buy the park would be able to work out a deal on the licensing. She, personally, would like to see the prehistoric props stay.

"A lot of people think of this as art, especially architects and photographers," she said.

Speckels started operating Bedrock City with her husband, Francis "Hudi" Speckels, in 1972. The "Flintstones" attraction was a spinoff of one Francis Speckels' parents started in Custer, South Dakota. Francis Speckels died in 1990, but Linda Speckels continued running the park. The stone age village includes Fred's Diner restaurant, gift shop, theater and RV park. Among the attractions is a train that rides through a volcano and a slide down a dinosaur's tail. The $2 million purchase also includes 30 acres of land.

Speckels' daughter, Holly Hulen, who occasionally helps out, said business has been good the past year and that the park is still a draw.

"She has survived 42 years, which is really amazing for a small business," Hulen said. "But she's going to be 74. It's time for her to retire."

"The Flintstones" was one of several popular animated staples created by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera. The program followed the antics of Fred Flintstone, his wife, Wilma, and their friends, Barney and Betty Rubble. The animated show was one of the most watched prime-time TV shows in the 1960s. It was revived in the 1980s and spawned several TV specials and live-action film adaptations.

A lot of parents visiting the park like being able to introduce their children to "The Flintstones," Speckels said.

"We're getting a lot of third-generation families with kids and their grandparents," she said. "Everybody can relate to Fred and Wilma."

Critical thinking challenge: Why is the true cost more than $2 million?

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COMMENTS (74)
  • Rachelc-Pav
    6/11/2015 - 09:54 a.m.

    This is so cool! I think this is great for fans and non-watchers alike. This is an extremely cool concept and hopefully people will be able to enjoy it more.

  • Elenao-Pav
    6/11/2015 - 10:03 a.m.

    After reading this article I have honestly seen how out of the box our country is, I mean out of all of the things that they could've think of they made a flinstone town! I just think its a little bit of a waste of money plus a waste of land that couldve easily been used to make a neighborhood

  • HaleyR-4
    6/11/2015 - 12:06 p.m.

    This article is about how you can buy the flinstone house. this made flinstone fans go crazy . This house was two million but many of the fans were okay to pay the price. The house was owned buy a 70 year lady who wants to sell it.

  • emilianar-Hyl
    6/11/2015 - 12:52 p.m.

    I think that it is very cool that the 73 year old would not like to keep her company that the Flintstones were created i would keep it as long as i could. I love the Flintstones I think they are very funny and you should not stop the show.

  • CT14
    6/11/2015 - 12:59 p.m.

    This is just plain awesome. So many collectors always claim to be the best, but who ever owns this weather a collector or not wins every time.

  • Brandon1231-YYCA
    6/11/2015 - 03:38 p.m.

    I think that it is pretty cool to have these people sell the house of the original tv series, Flintstones. Im just thinking wow, this house is more than 2 millions dollars and someone might buy it and live in it. I think that is just crazy and awesome because living alone in a place like that should be weird. There would be no shops, malls, stores, etc anywhere near you. People would actually do this because it is just from a tv show. I was just thinking wow. Someone would give up all of those things just to live in a simple house made of rocks is just stupid. That's all im going to say. That is just being stupid because you need to have food to each besides the grass that's on the 30 acres of land their going to give to you.

    Critical thinking challenge: Why is the true cost more than $2 million? It is true that this house and land is 2 millions dollars because that is the price and they aren't going to change it.

  • Eugene0808-YYCA
    6/11/2015 - 04:55 p.m.

    I would want to buy the park because it would be interesting to live in it. Mrs. Speckels was smart to sell the theme park because she is growing old. Also, she wants to give other people a chance to operate the park. It would be fun to see everyone be happy in one place. I think it would be interesting to be able to own a theme park that almost everyone knows. I have seen the Flintstones on cereal boxes, not an episode so it would be interesting to get to know the characters.
    Critical thinking challenge: Why is the true cost more than $2 million?
    Answer: The true cost is more than $2 million because it includes 30 acres of land.

  • AustinN-3
    6/11/2015 - 07:47 p.m.

    Flintstones Bedrock City is now up for sale. The owner, Linda Speckels, is about to turn 74 and is ready to retire. The small village is technically selling for $2 million but the cost will rise due to the image licensing of the statues of the family in the town. The property is 30 acres and includes Fred's Diner, a gift shop, a theatre, an RV park, and a small train.

    I thought this was an interesting article but could have been shortened. It was well written and well thought out but could be less detailed.

  • Steve0620-yyca
    6/11/2015 - 08:27 p.m.

    I think that the owner of Flintstones Bedrock City (Linda Speckels) is having a good idea to sell the cartoon house and people. She should let someone else enjoy it and she had some enjoyable memories with it. The Flintstones have a cereal box called Cocoa Pebbles and Fruity Pebbles featuring the two cavemen. There is also a T.V. show about them and their adventures. I think that many people will be interested in buying or seeing the wonderful place. The price is a little expensive. It would cost two million dollars for a fan or some other person to buy the place with Flintstone related things like their house, themselves, and the area.

  • KeaganB-1
    6/11/2015 - 09:50 p.m.

    Everybody can now buy the Flintstones theme park. If you're up Flintstones fan and have $2 million you can buy the Flintstones theme park in Arizona. There is a little bit of a setback because the new owner will have to still make a license agreement. The stone age village includes Fred's dinner restaurant gift shop and theater. This article is very interesting but I've never really seen the Flintstones.

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