The Original Busch Gardens
Adolphus Busch’s Gift to Pasadena, California
By Michael Logan
In 2001, Pasadena residents and historians Gary Cowles and Michael Logan teamed up to launch the most exhaustive research ever done on the old defunct Busch Gardens, the first one in America located in Pasadena, California. What they found was amazing. Eighteen years of in-depth detective work has brought to the surface a treasure trove of information and images, collected here, that will surely amaze you.
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“It is a delight to anticipate reading Michael’s account of the original Busch Gardens, and to have been part of a unique collaboration with him over the years. Michael’s passion and sleuthing skills greatly expanded and accelarated this mutual discovery process. And, now…he is sharing it with you!”
~Gary B. Cowles, Pasadena, CA
“I’ve known Michael Logan for a long time, admired his work as a meticulous craftsman, and seen his interest in Busch Gardens become a consuming passion. Pasadena Heritage has been fortunate to collaborate with him on tours and lectures, based on his detailed research. Michael has done a phenomenal job of discovering the stories and finding the remnants of what was once such a wonder in Southern California. I applaud his work and am delighted that it brings all this history into the hands and hearts of new and broader audiences.”
~Sue Mossman, Executive Director, Pasadena Heritage
Welcome to The Original Busch Gardens!
Drive or walk, it’s your choice. Come on in.
Recently published in 2020, the only book about the original and first Busch Gardens in Pasadena, California (1905-1938).
This book is offered for a limited one time only. The Pasadena Busch Gardens were once a world famous tourist attraction that rivaled the Tournament of Roses with peak attendance of 1.5 million in 1915. It has since been subdivided into homes. Direct from the author, not available from any other source. It was 18 years in the making; an incredible research project through all the properties (amazing amount of remnants survive), interviews from people who were there, images and stories from a wide variety of sources including the long closed down Anheuser Busch archives in St. Louis and the Busch family.
Large size coffee table book, hardcover art plus dust jacket, professional layout, high quality paper, images and printing. 200 pages (70 in beautiful color), 200+ images (many rare), maps, timeline and more. The author wanted to do this right and everyone who has bought one or more loves it.
Will ship to all the lower 48 states. The retail price is $
45 $36 plus tax ($4.61) ($3.28) for each book.
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