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Exploring Pasadena: The Original Busch Gardens Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing with Historian, Author Michael Logan

Published on Sep 9, 2022

The Pasadena Museum of History (PMH) hosts historian and author Michael Logan, author of “Exploring Pasadena: The Original Busch Gardens,” in a presentation and book signing event on Friday, Sept. 30, starting at 7 p.m. 

Adolphus Busch, president of the Anheuser Busch Brewing Association, started the spectacular Busch Gardens in Pasadena in 1906, which captivated visitors from the day it opened to the public until the attraction’s closure in 1938. 

With terraced hillsides, waterfalls and ponds, miles of scenic paths, and enchanting fairytale statuary, the original Busch Gardens was one of Southern California’s first mega-parks and a world-famous tourist attraction. 

In 2001, Logan teamed up with fellow Pasadena resident, the late Gary Cowles, to launch the most comprehensive research ever done on the Gardens. They co-curated a popular exhibit at PMH to celebrate the Garden’s centennial. 

Now, after an 18-year-long journey into the history and lore of this nearly-forgotten treasure, Logan is back once more – this time for an in-person presentation – celebrating the publication of his ground-breaking 200-page book. PMH welcomes him back for another fascinating presentation on this wide-ranging research and exploration into Pasadena’s original Busch Gardens. He will share unique stories and images that will transport participants back to the Gardens’ in all their glory. 

Tickets are $10 to $15. To purchase tickets, visit

Pasadena Museum of History is at 470 W. Walnut Street. 

For more information, visit or call (626) 577-1660. 

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