Friday, June 24, 2016

Souvenir Friday- Plans for Storyland Zoo in North Platte, Nebraska

In the late 1950s up to the mid-1970s many service groups in communities spread throughout the United States developed Storyland theme parks for the young citizens of their community. In North Platte Nebraska, the Rotary club was working on a Storyland Zoo that would also feature some of the railroad heritage. This was late for the development of this type of park and it appears that the zoo was never constructed. The souvenir is an architectural story board featuring Jack and the Beanstalk and also the trains to be part of the zoo. The design and art is beautiful and I wish they had finished the park.


outsidetheberm said...

This is a great piece! Thanks for the look, Patrick!

Major Pepperidge said...

Amazing items. Bummer that it was never built, but you're right, the 70's seems very late for this kind of thing. Thanks for sharing.

Chuck said...

While the zoo was never built, Challenger locomotive #3977 is still on display in North Platte's Cody Park. It sits next to DDA40X #6922, an example of the largest diesel-electric locomotive ever built.