Thursday, July 03, 2008

Bob at Freedomland 1960

Well as I said in the previous post, Bob was quite the traveler and he did enjoy amusement parks. In October 1960, he visited the newly opened Freedomland in the Bronx, New York. The first image is of the famous Chicago Fire and you can see the guests working the fire pump to put out the fire.

The next image is of the train station located in the San Francisco area. It sure appears to be a cold day, probably one of the last days of the season that Freedomland was operating.

The final image is from the ore buckets in the sky showing the Southwest section of the park. I like the mule ride here and the cow skull on the tunnel.

5 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

Hooray for Freedomland! That's a fun photo of the Chicago Fire, and a great picture of the train.

The mules are passing over that tunnel which is just a giant piece of corrugated metal... I wonder why it wasn't disguised as rock? It looks like a drainage culvert.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Great pictures. I love this place.

Davelandweb said...

This place just looks so cool in photos; definitely makes me wish I had been able to go.

Katella Gate said...

Major: Disneyland has a similar corrugated metal tunnel along the north edge of the park - it's the cheapest way to get a train through an artificial tunnel. I recall, however, that Disney camouflages the first 20 feet of the pipe where the sunlight would give the game away, but deeper in the tunnel where the light is dim, it's just painted black metal. Since you're in the dark and looking at it at right angles, and it's going by very fast, I don't think 99% of the riders recognize it for what it is.. a big drainage culvert.

BTW, that train station is just too homely. The building's ok, but the tower...

Westcot2000 said...

Freedomland rocks! Bob was quite the traveler. I don't suppose he made a trip to Nara Dreamland? Ok, I'll be satisfied with Freedomland. The double skyway was a smart idea to increase capacity--too bad the towers are so unsightly. Does anybody know if the skyway was sold or scrapped when the park closed?