Thursday, May 05, 2016
Today's post (#28!), from Ken Martinez's collection of vintage amusement park postcards, features a place that I only learned about a few years ago, and basically knew nothing about. Until now!
Fabulous Legend City!
Legend City was supposed to be Arizona's answer to Disneyland. Conceived in the late 1950's by Louis Crandall, the park which serviced the Phoenix area opene in 1963, and closed forever in 1983. It consisted of a lot of old west atmosphere and cool themed rides. Local talent provided the live entertainment. Also in the park were a Sky Ride, Tea Cup ride, and an Autopia style auto ride which I'll show in an upcoming post.
Like Disneyland, after going through the entrance gates, visitors would pass under the Railroad to get to the inside of the park. I love the saguaro cactus in this image.
Here we have the Legend City Iron Horse and Train of the Legend City Railroad as it approaches the Train Station, after making a complete circuit around the park. I love the dry parched and desert terrain throughout this park.
The Lost Dutchman Mine was a favorite with visitors of Legend City. It was said that the trip inside was somewhat of a surreal experience providing a glimpse inside the legendary gold mine. The landscaping and theme of the exterior looks quite well-executed.
The Lost Dutchman Mine was originally known as "Superstition Mountain Mine" and featured the "world's largest carnivorous spider", as seen here, terrorizing this family. I could've darkened the image, but I like the brick and wood walls showing. Is that a dirt floor?
The River of Legends boat ride featured prehistoric beasts, earthquakes, falling boulders, Indian warfare, magical caves, and narrow escapes before its safe return to civilization. In the mid-60's the ride was renamed "Conchise's Stronghold River Ride" and finally "Adventure River" in the early 80's. Are those rails I see?
The Canoe ride takes another trip around Indian Island. I like the fan palms and rockwork here, and the bright color of the canoes and cast costumes.
Hope you enjoyed your visit to what is a very unusual park because of its terrain and landscaping.
Information Source material:
Funland U.S.A. copyright 1978 by Tim Onosko
Thanks Ken! I would almost think that ol' C.V. Wood had something to do with this one, but clearly he did not. Fascinating - and sad that it's now gone, like so many other regional parks.