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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

BURBANK HAS LONG LED THE WAY IN TRANSPORTATION

2010 THE YEAR OF VALLEY ADVENTURES

Fawkes Folly - Burbank Aerial Monorail 1907 - detail from a gift to the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Marc Wanamaker 2010. (click on image to enlarge)
103 years ago, an aerial monorail experiment carried passengers in the City of Burbank. Dubbed by nay-sayers as Fawkes Folly, the concept was ridiculed by a less than visionary press. The men and women who broadcast the news from Burbank today no doubt would think a good monorail system might come in handy at rush hour.

AIDS Lifecycle 9 Riders from Burbank - Photo by Gerald Fecht for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley 2010.
These Burbank cyclists were among the 1500 riders who recently completed the AIDS Lifecycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles. They belong to a bike club operating out of a Burbank cycle shop, but got away from me before I wrote their club name down.

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