Fairguests can discover various historical contributions generated by the railroad at this year’s L.A. County Fair, Sept. 10-26.
The Fairplex Garden Railroad established in 1935 as a permanent exhibit at the Fair, depicts various eras of California history from the state’s beginning through the mid-1800s.
Scenes tell the story of the discovery of gold and the development of farming and industry in America, and how the railroad played a part in the development. Different sections of the exhibit bring to life the way of living “back in the day.”
In the northeast corner of the exhibit are the mountains depicting where gold was discovered. Scenes illustrate the various mining methods and the housing used by miners.
The California desert appears with scenes that show the early development of homesteading the land. An old-west town, a California Mission, vineyards and farming scenes of the early 1900s are brought to life as well.
Fairguests can also relive the housing and light industry of the 1920s. The 1970s are also featured along with the film industry.
Young Fairguests are invited to participate in the operation of the railroad and mini-exhibits within the layout to learn history and have fun at the same time. Visitors can even pretend to be train engineers and operate the trains by remote control.
Twenty-three trains operate at the same time on more than 8,000 feet of track landscaped with forests, rivers, lakes and desert.
The Fairplex Garden Railroad is the oldest and largest public-operated garden railroad in the United States. Fairguests will be able to get close to the action as they walk inside the exhibit, alongside the trains.
For more information on the L.A. County Fair, visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111.