Travel Town is a very special place nestled within Griffith Park. Years ago we took our young children there when we were visiting here from Minnesota. Now my youngest son is working there, so we decided to take advantage of the “Depot Day” open house this past weekend. A day showcasing all of the park’s fun offerings for young and old alike. Teri has special memories here too. Since she grew up in Burbank, she came here many times as a child. She also had one of her kid’s birthday parties here years ago.
See, it almost looks like a true Fall day here in Southern California. It was in the 80’s, but overcast, so it felt like October.
My husband also loves trains. We always have a Brio train setup near the Christmas tree.He always claimed it was for the kids. Very entertaining, especially for the cat. Now I know where to buy more accessories, the Travel Town gift shop has lots.
The special annual event of “Depot Day” brought out very dapper people dressing in period attire. What a fun addition to the surroundings of the vintage trains and cars.
Glendale’s Hoover High School Jazz Band was playing fabulous big band music, and I hear some dancing was going on before we got there. One fun fact (for me anyway) was a connection between me and this band shell (Showmobile) the band was performing in. It is a product of a company from my home town of Owatonna, Minnesota, from the Wenger Corporation.
I spotted the logo in the corner! My Dad worked there for years. Another connection making this big city really just a bit more like home.
How fun is this? Volunteers help to make Travel Town run so well. This wonderful bake sale was to benefit the trains.
Here is my handsome son. A proud new employee.
Here are just a few TV shows and movies that have been filmed here. This is Los Angles after all. The Bionic Woman and Columbo, classics!
This woman was dressed as a “Harvey Girl”. A what? Yes, I didn’t know either. I learned so much from her. Fred Harvey was a business man who filled a need of the passenger railway system. Everyone needs to eat and be refreshed while traveling. The Fred Harvey Company, founded in 1875, created restaurants called “Harvey Houses” along the Santa Fe Line. He wanted to provide a good meal at a reasonable price. He hired girls with good character (and at least an 8th grad education) they also had to be a bit daring to leave their homes and venture into the “wild west”.
They brought respectability to the profession of the hospitality service and opened up the doors of the work force to women. An interesting documentary was made by a local Angelenos about the “Harvey Girls” – Opportunity Bound. (available for sale in the gift shop).
Judy Garland also starred in a film about the Harvey Girls. A bit cheesy, but good. I love a good old movie on a Sunday afternoon, don’t you?
Travel Town specializes in birthday parties, weddings, family reunions. You may rent one of two actual vintage train cars, or an outdoor picnic area.
Everyone loves to take a ride on the kid size train that cruises around the perimeter of Travel Town.
Look behind the glass in the exhibition hall to see the model railway being built. Such a craft. So fun to see the craftsmen in action.
If you haven’t yet discovered Travel Town. Pick up your favorite kids in your life or train enthusiast and enjoy some time in this quaint museum park. They are always looking for volunteers and members to be part of this fun part of Los Angeles history.
Travel Town Museum: 5200 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Hours: 10am-3:30pm (4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday)