My Dad brought me the article you wrote on Mother Goose Gardens...I really enjoyed reading it. I live in Morris, and remember it from when I used to go there when I was a kid. I went to school with your husband Mike and grew up in Grand Ridge. I have a booklet of pics from there that I took with my Brownie color Kodachrome camera, that I got for my 8th birthday....I remember licking the flash bulbs before putting them in! I was born in 1952, and these pics show the date 1960, my sister Chris wasn't born yet....Kevin, myself, Jimmy and Karen are in the photos,. I even still have a little china plate from there....so I thought I would pass along these pics to you.....only someone who remembers it really appreciates what a great place it was...all about the imagination!
|Starting from the top: Sleeping Beauty, Train Ride, and Three Little Kittens|
|Starting from the top: Jack and Jill go down the hill, ticket booth and the famous corn dispenser that you would crank and crank to get a few morsels of feed.|
|Starting from the top: The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, the Bunny Hutch, and feeding the animals.|
My blog about Mother Goose Gardens and other stories of the Starved Rock State Park area have been published in a special edition book to mark the 100th Anniversary. Lots of great articles on Starved Rock. Here is the link (http://mywebtimes.com/PDFs/TimesSTARVEDRk.pdf) to download this special edition. Friend, Kathy Casstevens-Jasek shot the cover photo featuring Conquering Bear playing his native flute beneath the waterfall in Ottawa Canyon. Kathy is a fantastic photographer as well as being the marketing director of Starved Rock Lodge. If you want to read all about Mother Goose Gardens Part 1 go here. Enjoy the memories.