OCThen reader by the handle of "VAS Buena Park CA" asks if anyone remembers or has information about Monkey Island in Buena Park...
I have lived in Buena Park all of my life. Back in the 1950's when I was a kid we used to visit a place called Monkey Island. It was actually in La Habra on the corner of Imperial Highway and Idaho Street (the northeast corner). See map of location at http://wikimapia.org/#lat=33.9178116&lon=-117.9590034&z=17&l=0&m=b
At this location there was a man made lake with a small island in the middle. On this island there were several monkeys. They had exercise bars to play on, swings and maybe even a tree. I think that they even had a patio cover shed which allowed them to get out of the sun and rain.
My mom would drive us up there and just park the car. We would sit, have lunch and enjoy watching the monkeys playing.
Several of my old friends who still live in O.C. do recall going to this place as children.
Does anyone else remember this place? Does anyone have any photos of Monkey Island?
I don't recall a monkey island in Buena Park, namely because I spent most of my time in Santa Ana and El Toro, and because I wasn't around in the 1950s. But I did find a mention of a "monkey zoo" near Raymond Ave in Buena Park, published on an earlier memory here on OCThen...
I remember the monkey zoo off of Raymond too.