June 13, 2008 |
Long before the Anheuser-Busch brewery was built in the San Fernando Valley in 1954, Southern California had close ties with the brewing company that today is in the middle of an international takeover battle. Like many other wealthy industrialists of his time, co-founder Adolphus Busch adopted Pasadena as his winter home more than a century ago. There he built the first Busch Gardens, a vast outdoor attraction next to his mansion that he opened to the public.
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March 10, 1997 |
Since the days of the Spanish missionaries, the steep gorge of boulders and oak trees that runs southwest out of Pasadena has been called the Arroyo Seco--dry riverbed. Poets have extolled its parched beauty; bandits once loved the refuge afforded by its secluded stands of willows and oaks; and a beer baron once transformed it into a lush, sunken garden referred to as the "eighth wonder of the world."
October 17, 2004
Anheuser-Busch may be fresh from winning a takeover battle for ownership of China's Harbin beer concern, but globalization hasn't flattened history at the nation's largest brewery, whose Los Angeles facility toasts its 50th anniversary this month. These days Anheuser is concocting reduced-calorie beers and racy advertising, but the 95-acre Van Nuys plant remains one of Southern California's retro landmarks.
September 30, 1994 |
Assured by a promise of help from Mayor Richard Riordan to expedite official paperwork, the Anheuser-Busch Co., one of the San Fernando Valley's biggest private employers, will remain in the Valley and launch a $175-million expansion program at its Van Nuys brewery, city officials said Thursday.
September 19, 2011 |
The Verbolten multi-launch roller coaster debuting in Spring 2012 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg will take riders on a high-speed drive along the German autobahn before detouring through the forbidden Black Forest. > Photos: Verbolten coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg The themed family coaster at the Virginia theme park will feature two launch zones and an indoor section of the ride with special effects. The 3-1/2-minute ride will travel along a 2,800-foot-long track twisting and turning through the woods.
July 7, 2013 |
At first I thought it was too early to look ahead at the new attractions coming to U.S. theme parks in 2014, but then I realized a number of big rides have already been announced and many more are already in the planning stages. Photos: Most anticipated new U.S. theme park rides for 2014 It already seems like 2014 is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans. Big industry players have announced major projects, and several smaller parks are planning to roll out significant additions.
April 9, 1999 |
Duck, Duck Goose: The laws of physics are so mysterious. We always assumed that if we were traveling 73 mph and collided with, say, a small bowling ball, we'd be dead. So how is it that Fabio--while riding a 73-mph roller coaster during a publicity stunt in Virginia--survived an assassination attempt by a low-flying goose? According to various press accounts, the hunky supermodel was coming down the first drop when a 10-pound bird flew into his face. The goose was killed.
March 23, 2001 |
A Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg is asking tourists who recently visited European or South American countries affected by foot-and-mouth disease not to visit the park's petting zoo. "Guests who are visiting the petting zoo most likely are animal lovers, and we hope they will embrace this policy," park spokeswoman Cindy Sarko said. Busch Gardens introduced a similar policy this week at its popular safari-themed park in Tampa, Fla.
July 24, 2011 |
Reporting from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey-- Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., has a long and winding roller coaster history that's filled with as many twists and turns as the amusement park's many record-breaking rides. Photos : Top 10 Six Flags Great Adventure roller coasters Great Adventure was a must-see on my road trip across America's coaster belt, in large part because of the park's three world-class rides: El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro.