Saturday, May 14, 2011

Parrot Jungle, 1950's

Boy oh boy, what a crummy week for folks who use Blogger. There were problems with posting and with leaving comments (on my fifth anniversary too, boooo!). And now I discover that 10 completed drafts are gone. It's going to be a busy weekend.

Anyway, today we will visit Parrot Jungle, just south of Miami Florida! PJ was founded way back in 1936 by Franz and Louise Scherr, making it one of the very first tourist attractions in the Miami area. Here's a description: Parrot Jungle was built as a winding nature trail dug through the coral rock and hammock land, indigenous to the area. All the natural plants were left undisturbed. .... visitors each paid 25 cents admission to see and hear Franz Scherr talk about his birds, trees and flowers.

Parrots live for a long time (or so I'm told), maybe this cockatoo went on to star as "Fred" in the TV show "Baretta". It could happen.

Visitors from frozen Indiana must have found Parrot Jungle and warm, sunny Florida to be an incredibly appealing place to visit. Check out the lady who's dress is practically falling off!

In more recent years, Parrot Jungle moved to Weston Island in Miami, and officially changed its name to "Jungle Island". The old location is now a municipal park known as Pinecrest Gardens, with nary a parrot to be found these days.


TokyoMagic! said...

I'm still having problems with blogger! Sheesh!

That lady sitting on the bench in the first pic looks like she's about to lose one or both of her "lace doilies."

Connie Moreno said...

That was fun and cool. I dig that lady's dress!

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

I remember in the 70's my neighbors got a cockatoo that looked just like the one on Baretta, man that thing was mean 'n nasty!

Somewhat disappointing about the blogger breakdown, really makes you wanna put all your eggs in the "cloud"!

You lost 10 drafts, oh man that stinks, I guess there's one advantage to my being lazy, I had no drafts ready!

The lady with the dress falling off is interesting, wonder what grandma next to her was thinking?

Hrundi V. Bakshi said...
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Hrundi V. Bakshi said...

I believe Grandma was thinking "hussy!"

" . . . dug through the coral rock and hammock land"

Ahh Hammock Land. Home to such famous attractions as Swingin in the Caribbean, Jungle Snooze, Test Nap, California Dreamin' and Snoring Over California.

JG said...

OK, that's it...I'm running away from home to start a parrot farm.