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Pony ride and carnival at Main and University 1940's-50's

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There's been some discussion about what appears to be a pony ride track with some small carousels on the corner of Main and University across from the old Rice Stadium.   It's there in 1940's aerials until the 1957 aerial on historic aerials.com.  After that, it became the site of the Tidelands.  Sanborn maps also show a filling station right at the corner c. 1950.

 

So, what was there?  Was this an earlier location of Kiddie Wonderland?  Or a smaller competitor in the crowded pony ride market?

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On 12/6/2013 at 10:19 AM, marmer said:

There's been some discussion about what appears to be a pony ride track with some small carousels on the corner of Main and University across from the old Rice Stadium.   It's there in 1940's aerials until the 1957 aerial on historic aerials.com.  After that, it became the site of the Tidelands.  Sanborn maps also show a filling station right at the corner c. 1950.

 

So, what was there?  Was this an earlier location of Kiddie Wonderland?  Or a smaller competitor in the crowded pony ride market?

 

In the 1950's - 60's, pony rides were very popular. The kiddie park or carnival mentioned frequently "before Holcombe" or "by the Prudential Bldg". was maybe Kiddyworld. I assumed in an earlier post that it was the one near Braes Bayou, called Kiddie Wonderland. Like you said, the one near Rice didn't last long. Maybe it had something to do with the university, due to the location. That's just a guess on my part. 

see link -

https://ricehistorycorner.com/2014/08/26/singing-cowboy-1955/

 

One thing is for sure, that area in the 1950's had a huge horse presence. There was a circus farm with stables, oval rings, and animal cages. I saw those on Sanborn maps. There were numerous other oval ring tracks, including one at the front of Playland Park, at one time (GoogleEarth). And don't forget the name of (now demolished) The Stables Restaurant that sat at Greenbriar and S. Main. Hmmm....And on the other side of Hermann Park sat the Almeda riding stables.

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