Thursday, February 21, 2008

A Little Off Season Photo Set

First off, and most importantly, I want to apollogise to my readers. Many of you have posted comments to the site, and well, I had been lax at checking my tab to moderate comments. I approved and deleted what needed sorting. I never had to deal with spam messages before, so Im not used to going through filters to allow comments. With that said...

I realize that I should update with something. Something is better than nothing and I've been tripping over some of these pictures on my thumb drives for a few years. Every photo taken was taken back in 2004, so if I inadvertently re post something I've already shown, just ignore it or soak up that which is the ghost of Magic Landing.

This picture shows the sign along the side of one of the main buildings you have to pass by to get into the main areas of the park from the front entrance. The sign is that for Kodak Film. A poster close to this location had a date of July 1988.

This, again is along the faux facades of Main Street, or Texas Street.

Still on Texas Street, I had snapped a lot of pictures of the signs on the buildings. I might have used this one before.

Here we have a somewhat vague sight. If the Ferris Wheel was still at the park, it would be to the left of this image. The two tall trees in the image show the rears of the Piney Woods Cafe and the Bijou Theater. To the right of this image, is the rear of the Skeeball building.

An interesting note, if you look at the image above, the red brick planters have spaces between them with wooden benches. I remember sitting down to pull a water bottle out of my gear and found them to be still pretty supportive. They bowed under my weight, but they still held me.

Remember the pickles? Yeah, they're not in this building. This barbecue shack was locked up pretty damn tight. The building that stands behind me is the other snack kiosk with the still fermenting pickles. No, I didn't take a picture of the front of that building.

So, this was on my way out of the park. I had turned around to take a few last pictures and never really thought about lining up angles or getting things into focus, but this was one of those images that stayed with me. I brushed it off to the side to focus on some of the more interesting pictures but thought this would be worthy of using here.

This one might be an enigma. I walked the back perimeter of the park and was right behind the paddle boats. The front half of this picture would be the Seaport Village sign from a few postings back. The wood planks on the outcropped deck were shaky and bending with my weight (guess I need a diet) so I nixed ideas to take pictures from it and this is what I got. If the rides still existed, you would be able to see the top third of the Ferris wheel atop the trees and possibly both the Rainbow and the support structure for the swinging pirate ship.

I guess they somewhat knew what they were doing when they created this. When I close my eyes, I remember this area at night, the sounds of the Rainbow chanting as it operated mixed with the sounds and smells of the bumper cars and Skeeball arcade. I remember this was a quiet place because of the noise barriers the trees made.

There will be more postings like this soon.


Blogger Bill said...

Looks to me that it's primed and ready for the 'ole wrecking ball. It's a shame, considering that there are bigger things in the world outside of El Paso, TX. You should move on and stop cherishing such a sad little "carnie".

2/24/2008 7:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To be honest with you, it is sad that Magic Landing had to close only after four years. I believe that Magic Landing could still be around today, if it had proper management. Maybe someone out there can create another Magic Landing and put some spark into El Paso.

2/28/2008 6:03 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

yeah, they could have the "border-fence jumper" ride. or the "look, no grass grows here" maze.

3/17/2008 3:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In my opinion, El Paso had more pizzaz in the 80s!

4/04/2008 10:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lived in El Paso for many years and do not remember this spot, where's this at?

6/01/2008 5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I have lived in El Paso for many years..." If you were an El Pasoan, you'd know that it is on Gateway East between Loop 375 and Horizon Blvd.

6/06/2008 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I had any money I would love to buy this place and redo everything as a haunted themed place. How sad.

8/28/2008 10:33 PM  
Blogger Fresh said...

This site is awesome. I love it, even though I only went to Magic Landing once in the summer of 1985. I hope someday there will be one like it for the original Western Playland...I loved their Haunted House ride. By the way, Is that a car in the back left of the "vague" picture?

8/30/2013 8:03 AM  

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