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Van Nuys in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Busch Gardens

 
 
Busch Gardens Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 5, 2018
1. Busch Gardens Marker
Inscription.  Busch Gardens, Van Nuys, opened in 1966 at a construction cost of $4 milion dollars. In 1979, the park closed to make way for a major brewery expansion. At its peak attendance, it was a major San Fernando Valley tourist attraction which was complete with a bird show, boat rides, free beer (Budweiser, Michelob, and Busch Bavarian), and a monorail tour of the brewery facility. In 1972, a 5-acre parcel was added that included a log flume ride that traveled through the main garden area then crossed over the Union Pacific railroad to a large netted bird sanctuary. The rocks below were excavated from the existing trailer lot which previously held the bird aviary. These rocks were buried 8 below the earth and were excavated on August 14, 2015.
 
Erected 2018 by Anheuser Busch.
 
Location. 34° 13.245′ N, 118° 28.649′ W. Marker is in Van Nuys, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Roscoe Boulevard west of U.S. 405, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 15800 Roscoe Boulevard, Van Nuys CA 91406, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Marker and Rocks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 5, 2018
2. Marker and Rocks
4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Honor of Pioneer Aviators (approx. mile away); The Baird House (approx. 2.7 miles away); Van Nuys Library (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Country General Store (approx. 3 miles away); Lauretta Wasserstein Sculpture Garden (approx. 3.1 miles away); Ranchito Romulo (approx. 3.4 miles away); Andres Pico Adobe (approx. 3.4 miles away); This Fountain (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Van Nuys.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located within the brewery property, which is not open to the public except for occasional guided tours or special events. The marker can be viewed from a distance through the front gate.

A mistake on the marker says the log flume ride crossed over the railroad, but it never did. Its the tram ride that crossed the railroad, with a track painted blue that looks similar to the flume ride in photos. (I grew up visiting Busch Gardens, then worked on the brewery expansion. -CB)

The first Busch Gardens was 30 miles east of here in Pasadena, at the home of Adolphus Busch, whose garden was a tourist attraction from 1905 to 1937. Some features of those gardens can still be seen today, in the residential neighborhood surrounding Busch Garden Drive.
 
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Budweiser Brewery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, August 5, 2018
3. Budweiser Brewery
Marker is at the center of this photo.
Busch Gardens image. Click for full size.
4. Busch Gardens
The marker location would be at the top of this photo. What looks like the flume ride crossing the railroad is actually a tram ride with a blue track. The flume ride and bird aviary are at lower right.
Monorail Tours image. Click for full size.
5. Monorail Tours
The free monorail tour through the brewery began operation a few years before the gardens were built.
Busch Gardens image. Click for full size.
6. Busch Gardens
 
More. Search the internet for Busch Gardens.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 38 times this year. Last updated on October 28, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 5, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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