Color slide of Magic Mountain theme park in Colorado, taken circa 1957-1960 by Ray V. Frost (1907-2003). The slide depicts view of a street with store fronts and various people standing out front with foothills visible in the background. This could be Centennial City, which was one section of the Magic Mountain theme park that was built to look like the Old West. Magic Mountain was built between 1957-1959 by Francis Cobb (1916-1977), John Calvin Smith, and C.V. Wood (1920-1992) of Disneyland fame. The park was surrounded by an authentic narrow gauge train and had 6 themed areas: Cavalry Post & Stockade, Centennial City, Fairgrounds, Forest River, Magic of Industry, Storybook Lane, and also a ski slope to the West. The theme park closed due to financial concerns in 1960, and was reopened as Heritage Square in 1971. Heritage Square is scheduled to close at the end of the 2015 season. Ray Vermillion Frost was a resident of Golden, Colo. and worked as a master brewer at Coors Brewing Company. He was also an avid photographer, traveler, skier, and mountaineer who photographed his road-trips, skiing, and hiking and climbing adventures throughout Colorado between 1930-1982.
Gift of Christy Fischer, 2014