Albuquerque’s Little Beaver Town at Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque
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Albuquerque’s Little Beaver Town

Wild, Wild West

Albuquerque old-timers may remember Little Beaver Town, a Wild West amusement park—based on the Red Ryder comic strip—that operated near Route 66 and Tramway from 1961 to 1963. Albuquerque Historical Society member and retired civil engineer Roland Penttila will explain the history of this homegrown roadside attraction in pictures and words at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History starting at 2pm this Sunday, March 19. Admission is free.  (Devin D. O'Leary)

Sunday March 19, 2017

2000 Mountain Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104-1459

Phone: 243-7255
Website: Click to Visit


Website: Click to Visit

Roland Penttila explains how the film set of Beaver Town came to be, what it looked like and why it failed.

Albuquerque’s Little Beaver Town (1961-1963)

On July 15th, 1961 an old-west themed amusement park opened along Route 66 east of Albuquerque at the mouth of Tijeras canyon. It only survived for 3 years.

The free presentation is on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm at the Albuquerque Museum in Old Town. Parking and admission to the Museum is also free.

Roland Penttila is a retired civil engineer who has worked on design and construction projects in California, Arizona, Washington, South Dakota and New Mexico. He moved here for the NM44 (US550) project in 2001 and met his wife. They’ve been married for 14 years, live in the Ridgecrest area and have two rescue dogs and one rescue cat. Roland is an avid amateur photographer and enjoys all aspects of history; local, national and international.