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Monday, February 20, 2012

BUSCH GARDENS WAS A HOLIDAY DESTINATION IN THE NORTH SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

CHERISHING OUR VALLEY   2012

In the mid 1960s, Anheuser-Busch opened its famous Busch Gardens in northern Van Nuys. The gardens were an outgrowth of the Busch family's personal gardens in Pasadena. For many years, after the closing of the gardens in 1979, exotic birds visited homes in the north and west San Fernando Valley. 

 
Busch Bavarian Pavilion - 3000 tons of feather rock was used to form the lagoon. Postcards - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2012.  (click on image to enlarge)

 Budweiser Pavilion where visitors were allowed to taste sample of beer.

World famous Clydesdale Horses originally from Scotland. Each horse weighed about 2,000 pounds and about 6 feet tall.
 Flamingo Island used for the display, care and breeding of beautiful pink birds.

 Monorail feature of Busch Gardens.

 Trained parrots were a major feature of the Busch Gardens' experience.



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2 comments:

Steven Lester said...

And, oh, the fragrance that was exuded everywhere on the grounds, of hops, hops, and more hops. Yum!

Of course, the log ride was cool, although everybody got wet, but it didn't matter because the weather was hot during the summer.

Later, during the Northridge Earthquake, a train derailed right where the park used to be.

Chris Lee said...

Looks lovely.