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January 23, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
J. Putnam Henck, who built Santa's Village in the 1950s on family land near Lake Arrowhead and was the owner-operator of the elfin theme park during its final two decades, has died. He was 91. Henck died Jan. 15 of kidney failure at his home in Skyforest, said his daughter, Pam Thompson. The year that he was born -- 1918 -- his parents paid $10,000 for 440 acres in the San Bernardino Mountains, planning to build a resort. After his family moved to Skyforest in 1923, his father became a pioneering developer and his mother opened Lake Arrowhead's first school.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
J. Putnam Henck, who built Santa's Village in the 1950s on family land near Lake Arrowhead and was the owner-operator of the elfin theme park during its final two decades, has died. He was 91. Henck died Jan. 15 of kidney failure at his home in Skyforest, said his daughter, Pam Thompson. The year that he was born -- 1918 -- his parents paid $10,000 for 440 acres in the San Bernardino Mountains, planning to build a resort. After his family moved to Skyforest in 1923, his father became a pioneering developer and his mother opened Lake Arrowhead's first school.
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February 18, 1998 | DUANE NORIYUKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For precious days, perhaps a week in the spring and fall, a blue heron pauses from migratory flight and settles into Ladybug Pond. J. Putnam Henck doesn't know whether it's the same bird that pays a visit each year. But he likes to think that it is.
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February 18, 1998 | DUANE NORIYUKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For precious days, perhaps a week in the spring and fall, a blue heron pauses from migratory flight and settles into Ladybug Pond. J. Putnam Henck doesn't know whether it's the same bird that pays a visit each year. But he likes to think that it is.
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July 28, 1997 | DIANA MARCUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This may be the last time there is Christmas in July. After 42 years in the San Bernardino Mountains, Santa's Village is closing. The towering candy canes on Highway 18 a few miles from Lake Arrowhead are entering their last season of sentry duty. The reindeer will need new homes. For decades, the small amusement park had struggled to survive. Then in February the Lollipop Lady died. She had written the puppet show scripts and designed the elf costumes.
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December 4, 1997 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nestled high in the San Bernardino Mountains among centuries-old Ponderosa pines, Fantasy Forest at Santa's Village is a family attraction that puts the theme in theme park--a place to catch the holiday spirit any time of the year. But after 42 years of delighting young and old, Santa and his reindeer are packing it up and moving back to the North Pole this spring as Santa's Village closes shop for good.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1997 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nestled high in the San Bernardino Mountains among centuries-old Ponderosa pines, Fantasy Forest at Santa's Village is a family attraction that puts the theme in theme park--a place to catch the holiday spirit any time of the year. But after 42 years of delighting young and old, Santa and his reindeer are packing it up and moving back to the North Pole this spring as Santa's Village closes shop for good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2006 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
In its heyday, Santa's Village was one of Southern California's biggest tourist attractions -- a place to catch the holiday spirit even in July. It opened on Memorial Day weekend 1955, more than a month before Disneyland. But after 43 years of delighting young and old in the San Bernardino Mountains, the 15-acre elfin theme park -- with fanciful, life-size gingerbread and doll houses, a candy kitchen and a toy shop -- fell on hard times and closed in 1998.
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January 22, 2006
This list of visitor offices was provided largely by the California Division of Tourism in Sacramento. It was edited for space. More information: (800) 862-2543, www.visitcalifornia.com. Amador County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, (800) 649-4988, fax (209) 223-4425, www.amadorcountychamber.com. Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, (888) 598-3200, fax (714) 991-8963, www.anaheimoc.org.
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