Monday, February 11, 2008

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - Beachcombers Club Ticket Book

Let’s drive six hours north of Anaheim today, all the way to Santa Cruz California. The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is California’s oldest amusement park and a State Historic Landmark. (Wikipedia link). One hundred years old last June, and you thought Knott’s and Disneyland were old!

This ticket book is a “Bonus Book” for Beachcombers Club members. I think this was probably something like Disneyland’s Magic Kingdom Club. This ticket book has no date. $5.00 value for ten tickets, my math skills tell me thats 50 cents a ticket! Does anyone know how old these are?

Globe Paper!!! Oh, just like an old friend. This is “D” ticket yellow, or maybe “goldenrod”. Hey, it’s the exact same size as the later year “A” tickets from Disneyland – Coincidence??? I like the “Santa Cruz Seaside Company” Logo. They’ve owned this place since 1915.

Casino Imports, I wonder what kind of souvenirs and other goodies they had in there? 10% off, just show your membership card to the clerk!

Here are some recent pictures I found on the web. The Giant Dipper, opened in 1924 sure looks like fun. I can’t believe I’ve lived in California my entire life and I have never been here!!!

This 1911 Looff Carousel still contains its original 342-pipe organ built in 1894! It does’nt have the “flash and flare” of the Disneyland Carousel, but it does have some neat history, and you can still try and get the brass ring!

And here’s a map, can’t have a post without one of these.

Looks like this is a fun park with lots of history and charm. I think I found a place to visit this summer!


Major Pepperidge said...

The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is definitely worth visiting! And that ticket book is quite an unusual find.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

Great post VDT. Never seen this place. I guess I spend to much time with trains and airplanes.