Where did suburban kids go to ride ponies? Back in the 1950s-1960s, Edina kids went to Queen Anne Kiddieland, a wonderland of ponies, amusement rides and the Rock Island Rocket, a miniature 1/6 scale train now housed at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul. The train ride then was called the Casey Jones Flyer, in honor of popular kids' TV host Casey Jones, whose show entertained kids at lunchtime in the Twin Cities.
"John N. Greer, 4100 Sunnyside Road, principal of West High School, spoke against the projected theater in Edina, saying that he believed it would be dangerous to the community. Mr. Greer stated that children who go to the movies two or three times a week have scattered minds and do not concentrate on their school work..."
I spend most of my time during regular museum hours listening. I hear great stories from visitors about the old days in Edina (or Morningside, as the case may be.), when kids skinny-dipped in Minnehaha Creek, rode the streetcar to downtown Minneapolis and got into the Edina Theatre for just a dime.
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