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Monorail ribbon cutting for Busch Gardens

Monorail ribbon cutting for Busch Gardens

May 16, 1966: Monorail car moves forward to cut ribbon during ceremony dedicating the new Busch Gardens in Van Nuys.

Staff writer Dave Larsen reported in the May 27, 1966, Los Angeles Times:

August A. Busch Jr. had a few friends over for beer Thursday.

The setting was a verdant 17-acre spread in Van Nuys, where about 400 guests assembled to help dedicate the $4-million Busch Gardens.

Following a brief ceremony which included remarks by Busch, president and board chairman of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., the guests boarded a monorail near the entrance to the gardens at 16000 Roscoe Blvd.

The first pair of cars, containing Busch and other dignitaries, snapped a ribbon as it began moving, and the dedication was official.

The seven pairs of cars then proceeded on a 3,500-foot trip around the Anheuser-Busch facility, just west of the San Diego Freeway.

As the car snaked around the buildings, picture windows in them afforded glimpses of the various brewing processes, which were described over an intercom by the operator-guide. These included brew kettles, the starting cellar, lager tanks and the pasteurization and bottling areas….

In addition to the monorail, Busch Gardens included a boat ride, daily bird shows and – of course – free beer. The Van Nuys park closed in 1979. Two other Busch Gardens, in Tampa, Fla., and Williamsburg, Va., are currently open.

This photo by former staff photographer Larry Sharkey was published on the May 27, 1966, Los Angeles Times Metro section front page.


  1. July 18, 2013, 10:31 am

    Wonderful memories of the 'Fabulous Bush Gardens'
    An excellent tour of the production of beer, from beginning to end. Then on Sunday a full day in the park. I remember the flamingos at the eastern side of plush green trees & plants; miniature lakes and water-ways. Of course there was music. A miniature paradise located in the center of the valley. And, let us not forget the three (3) Pavilions where each 'adult' guest would receive a sample of each types of beer.
    But alias, the Earthquake on February 9, 1971 was the beginning of it's end – then one day: All was gone!
    An Old Senior Van Nuys
    James Love

    By: jameslove3714
  2. September 8, 2014, 3:17 am

    Had a lot of fun as a child going to Busch Gardens with my family!

    By: Alma

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