Electric Park

Walt and his younger sister Ruth were regular visitors to Electric Park in Kansas City, fifteen blocks from their home. What they saw was a magical place where a train ran around the perimeter and landscaping was carefully designed. The park rides were integrated into the landscape and the grounds were well maintained. Every evening, there was a fireworks show at closing time.

Fairmont Park

Palisades Park

Tivoli Gardens

The Timber Mountain Log Ride

Bud Hurlbut, creator of the Calico Mine Train and Timber Mountain Log Ride

The Calico Mine Train

And the rest as they say, is history. Walt's years of intense study brought about a brand new type of family entertainment that people still enjoy today.

Sam Gennawey is an urban planner, historian, and author.

If you enjoy reading SAMLAND, you'll love his book. Walt and the Promise of Progress City is a detailed look into how Walt Disney envisioned the future of communities. Along the way, we explore many facets of a fascinating man.

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