Monday, June 16, 2008

There used to be a Busch Gardens in Van Nuys?!

Roger Vincent for the LA Times:

The attractions are long gone, but in the 1960s the company brought back a more modern version of Busch Gardens at its Van Nuys brewery. It had boat rides for visitors, a monorail and a key attraction fondly remembered by many -- free beer.

"It was amazing," recalled Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who visited as a teenager. "It was a big treat to sit on the monorail and tour that big brewing plant."

You can see a photo of the people mover here. Via.

(I live extremely close to Van Nuys - - it's like living in a nondescript town and finding out there used to be a Disneyland five minutes from your house.)