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Paul Brewer

United States

#1 May 27, 2007
I am looking for anyone with photos or worked at Streamland Park. I worked there from '65 until it closed and saw enough crazy things that would make a n unbelievable book !
Paul Brewer El Rancho '68
Barbara

AOL

#2 Aug 2, 2007
I am searching for photos and information about Streamland Park's carousel. When did Streamland open and close?
Paul Brewer

United States

#3 Aug 19, 2007
Barbara wrote:
I am searching for photos and information about Streamland Park's carousel. When did Streamland open and close?
I'm Paul Brewer, the guy who posted the first forum piece. As far as I know, Streamland was there from at least the mid forties. I lived close by and was taken tyhere often as a kid. The carousel had a working calliope with wood whistles, snare drums and cymbals. A canvas curtain was pulled down each evening.
I worked there from '65 to '70 and it was in bad shape. The calliope was stripped and the wooden horses were rotting. We stored several that had to be removed in a shack next to the carousel. I have no knowledge of the manufacturer, but do know the horses were wooden and put together in sections rather than being carves from a single piece of wood.
Barbara

AOL

#4 Aug 20, 2007
Paul - Streamland was the last stop for this carousel. I am working at documenting it's previous locations. I know of some, but not all and don't have dates for when it arrived at and left some places. It had camels, a lion or tiger, a sea horse, a sea monster - any other managerie animals you remember? Is there a way for us to exchange email addresses? I have a lot of questions - Barbara
Paul Brewer

United States

#5 Aug 24, 2007
Hi Barbara...my email is [email protected]

I lived only a few blocks from Streamland, and was taken there as a kid beginning in 1953, visited regularly through the 50's and 60's, and worked there from '65-'70. Many times I was assigned to the carrousel. My sister has a couple of photos from around '54.
I am positive by memory and first hand experience there were only horses that went up and down and two benches attatched to the floor. There were no other animals.
Art Nerio

United States

#6 Sep 16, 2007
hello, I run a website called pioneer friends
for all years titan grads and this is the kind of stuff Ive been looking to include in my website.
I got to talking with some old friends about the
train at legg lake and came across some dated website links with pics and such of the old venice railway. I know at 42 , one of my earliest
memories is running around that park when I was a
kid.. the scariest was that I belive someone had a
gator or large type animal on exhibit at the
perimeter of the park away from the rides. Guess
the fact that im now a tv news photog for nbc in shreveport louisiana and seeing our remnants of
hamels memorial park each time I pass, I just had to get my kids on a couple steam engine rides before that park closed
Paul Brewer

United States

#7 Sep 26, 2007
Art Nerio wrote:
hello, I run a website called pioneer friends
for all years titan grads and this is the kind of stuff Ive been looking to include in my website.
I got to talking with some old friends about the
train at legg lake and came across some dated website links with pics and such of the old venice railway. I know at 42 , one of my earliest
memories is running around that park when I was a
kid.. the scariest was that I belive someone had a
gator or large type animal on exhibit at the
perimeter of the park away from the rides. Guess
the fact that im now a tv news photog for nbc in shreveport louisiana and seeing our remnants of
hamels memorial park each time I pass, I just had to get my kids on a couple steam engine rides before that park closed
Yeah, the "Steamer" as we called it became a barely running piece of junt during the last days at Streamland. It was running at Legg Lake for awhile but was stored and vandalized. My first job at Streamland in '65 was taking tickets on the Steamer. A guy named Roy ran and took excellent care of it.
There is a twin of the Steamer from the old Venice Railway now operating at a park in Los Gatos, Northern California. It's beautifully restored and operates on weekends.
TED

Whittier, CA

#8 Sep 26, 2007
I grew up not too far from Streamland Park, and played little league baseball at Pico Boys which was right next door to the park. Don't forget that they had a trout farm there, too, along with some other rides that I can faintly remember. I remember going and collecting pollywogs around there and just having a blast. I played there in the early 60's, and in fact my Parent's still live in the same house right off of Durfee Avenue.
I attended Durfee Elementary school, North Park Junior High, and of course El Rancho High School. It was the best of times.
Paul Brewer

United States

#9 Oct 31, 2007
TED wrote:
I grew up not too far from Streamland Park, and played little league baseball at Pico Boys which was right next door to the park. Don't forget that they had a trout farm there, too, along with some other rides that I can faintly remember. I remember going and collecting pollywogs around there and just having a blast. I played there in the early 60's, and in fact my Parent's still live in the same house right off of Durfee Avenue.
I attended Durfee Elementary school, North Park Junior High, and of course El Rancho High School. It was the best of times.
Hey Ted, this is Paul...the guy who worked at Streamland...Great to see your message.
I went to Durfee until '57. We lived on Banta Rd, and moved to a house near El Rancho (class of '68). I also played with Pico Boys Baseball League..it's a shame the area is now so sterile. We used to catch crawdadsat Streamland and guppies at the river.
I now live in Hayward, Northern CA.

Best Wishes-
Paul
Jack Bath

Santa Monica, CA

#10 Nov 22, 2007
There are fascinating stories of the Whittier Narrows area including Pico Rivera and Streamland Park in "Personal Stories From The Pio Pico Neighborhood" - A Project of the Exploratory College of Rio Hondo College, 1978. Recollections of swimming in both rivers before the concrete, Marana Beach (and other 'beaches',flooding, frogs, Briano vineyard,Pellissier dairy,hog farm, the Rubber Man in South El Monte etc.
There is a similar book that interviewed folks from El Monte area, also by Exp.College.
(I came across these delightful books in my history study of Ranchos La Merced, Potrero de Mision Vieja and Potrero de Felipe Lugo).

Best wishes
Jack
Joe Drucker

United States

#11 Nov 22, 2007
My frieend (Robert Bower/Bauer) had a huge house on the property with a small pond in yard that the trout (stocked) from the lake would end up if they were not caught. Vaugue memories from Durfee then North Park. Grew up accross from North Park HS. Funny to google and find anyone who even remembers this goofy little place. I think its all track housing now..What's the interest in this place other than a memory?
Joe
Paul Brewer

United States

#12 Nov 23, 2007
Ahhh but what memories. We had so many characters that ran booths there....the trailing edge of real carnies. Hey...it's 1966...you are seventeen years old running a heavy metal octopus, and there's tons of rich girls with their families on company picnics ?!? The 'people' that worked there and the stories I could tell would fill a library...not to mention some of the things that went on.
As far as the river on the other side...In the early fifties I think ours was the only anglo family that picnined and waded there. And the Pellissier Dairy ? My friend Danny Gregson, who also worked at Streamland, operated the bottle washer machine.

MICHELLE

United States

#13 Nov 24, 2007
Barbara wrote:
I am searching for photos and information about Streamland Park's carousel. When did Streamland open and close?
THERE IS A MUSEUM CALLED THE PICO RIVERA HISTORICAL MUSEUM. CHECK IT OUT, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO HELP YOU OUT WITH ANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS.
Jack Bath

Santa Monica, CA

#14 Nov 24, 2007
Thanks Michelle. Yes, I was at the museum a few days ago. The museum has about 6-8 Streamland pics displayed on a wall. They may have more however they presently do not have time to go through their storage boxes. Mention was made of a man from Whittier who is writing a book on Streamland. I believe the pics came from that man, however I can confirm that on my next visit to the museum.

Some kind of written work by Paul would be wonderful as it would include the personal touches as he mentioned.

Does anyone remember Streamland and Durfee Ave before the dam was constructed?
CRISTY

Millbrae, CA

#15 Nov 28, 2007
WOW!! I have looked often for anyone remembering the park. My grandparents lived off of Rosemead on Beverly Rd. and we went to the park often. Not sure why anyone would wonder why we think of the olden days. It was a much simpler time. I have nothing but good thoughts about it. I lived in El Monte so it was not far. Wish we had taken pictures of the rides now.I would love to see some pictures of it. My husband lived in San Gabriel and he also went to Streamland Park. I remember the trout as you entered. Thanks for all the memories.
Rodney Packwood

Solana Beach, CA

#16 Dec 1, 2007
Hello all... another who remembers the park. Lived off Rosemead on Manzanar and visited it often, ditto pico boys baseball. I have a few pictures of the park somewhere, where to post? Have been in contact with the operator of "Steamer number 1", now in Los Gatos. Steamer number 2 now in storage in Temple City, unrestored. Would be great to see them running together again. El Rancho,'66
Ras

Los Angeles, CA

#17 Jan 29, 2008
Check out this link, After reading this i did some reserach on the park. Found some pics for you guys.

http://flickr.com/photos/craniumcellar/sets/5...
Paul Leon

Hesperia, CA

#18 Feb 8, 2008
Paul Brewer wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey Ted, this is Paul...the guy who worked at Streamland...Great to see your message.
I went to Durfee until '57. We lived on Banta Rd, and moved to a house near El Rancho (class of '68). I also played with Pico Boys Baseball League..it's a shame the area is now so sterile. We used to catch crawdadsat Streamland and guppies at the river.
I now live in Hayward, Northern CA.
Best Wishes-
Paul
moved to pico in "65" just 5 years old,we lived at the n/w corner of banta and durfee until 1980. I remember good times at streamland park, especially when the ride operators would not let us off until they were good and ready. graduated from the ranch in "78". I have been living in apple valley,ca. for the past 28 years.
Juliana Gilman

Penryn, CA

#19 Feb 20, 2008
Rodney Packwood wrote:
Hello all... another who remembers the park. Lived off Rosemead on Manzanar and visited it often, ditto pico boys baseball. I have a few pictures of the park somewhere, where to post? Have been in contact with the operator of "Steamer number 1", now in Los Gatos. Steamer number 2 now in storage in Temple City, unrestored. Would be great to see them running together again. El Rancho,'66
Yours is the only name I recognize because my sister Laura Gilman graduated in 66 from ER. We lived near Rio Vista and our Uncle Eddie used to take us to Streamland Park. Also, our grandmother lived in Venice so I knew the train came from there. I am Laura's youngest sister and live in Eureka but was just down in Laguna Woods (LeisureWorld)lst week visiting my family. Laura married Allyn Reed (ER 64)& still keeps in touch with Micki & Steve Yuchno) Allyn teaches at El Rancho now. Small world!!
Sandy

Camarillo, CA

#20 Apr 6, 2008
Ras wrote:
Check out this link, After reading this i did some reserach on the park. Found some pics for you guys.
http://flickr.com/photos/craniumcellar/sets/5...
Try this link on FLICKR also.
http://flickr.com/photos/44863601 @N00/

I grew up in the same block of houses as Durfee's Ranch. There was an "Egg Ranch" across the road from Durfee's house at the corner of Lexington-Gallintin Rd and Fawcett Ave.(60 FWY runs right through where the house once stood.) There is a high school where the cow pasture used to be across from my grandmother's house.
she used to take us to streamland park, Legg Lake (before it was a park) and to both rivers to swim in the summers.
The water in those rivers used to be pristene..with white, rippled sandy bottoms.
I, too remember the trout farm ponds. I remember there being two - one with lazy well-fed fish that were hard to catch and the other with fish that would strike at anything that hit the surface of the water. They must have been half-starved. We used to walk over to the river on the Rio Hondo side, and walk through an old plum orchard to get there. You really had to be careful crossing the orchard because in the summer, when the sun hit all that fruit rotting on the ground, seemed like every bee in the southwest congregated there.

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