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Michael Jackson Builds Neverland
Train station at Neverland Ranch, home of Michael Jackson in the Santa Ynez Valley, California

Train station at Neverland Ranch, home of Michael Jackson in the Santa Ynez Valley, California

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Between 1988 and 2005, pop star Michael Jackson transformed a 2,676 acre property in Santa Barbara County, California into a Disneyesque fantasyland.

The Tudor style house and land, formerly called Sycamore Valley Ranch, had been owned by a golf course entrepreneur. When Michael Jackson arrived, he added mock-Victorian buildings and attractions that evoked a sense of play.

Shown here is the "Victorian" train station Michael Jackson built for his guests. Visitors could travel through the property on a real steam train.

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