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Candy, 1951

From Candy Jean Halverson, granddaughter of Harry and Bea Matthews

Hello out there to all Tiny Town fans.  Imagine my surprise to learn that there are those of you who remember Tiny Town, and who want to exchange photos and memories with others who visited my grandfather’s dream, Tiny Town Kiddieland Park.  Harry Curtis Matthews, known as Matt, was a man of considerable ingenuity and compassion.  A philanthropist and champion of the underdog, he turned his passion for building kiddie rides in his front yard into a thriving business and center of fun for young and old.  Apparently Matt was an engineer and builder as well.  Back then we kids didn’t even know that Matt had built many of the rides himself.

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Tiny Town Logo

Your enthusiasm has inspired me to get out the old scrap books, search the web for Tiny Town memorabilia and begin conversations with visitors, former employees, and children of celebrities who appeared there.  As a result, I decided to create this Tiny Town web site and Facebook page, where we can all share pictures and impressions from those bygone days when family fun was only a few blocks or miles away, and riding the merry-go-round cost a mere ten cents.

Check out our Facebook page by clicking on the link to the right that say’s “Like” our Facebook Page.

 

8 responses »

  1. I remember vividly going with my father to Tiny Town. I loved it! I have some pictures somewhere. I’ll look for them and share.

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  2. My Grandma would take mt to Tiny Town and I loved the ponies! I would ride other things, but as soon as I got off them, it was right back over to the ponies! I was crazy about them!

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  3. This is just amazing. Such good memories. Each day after school, buying a soda, just being with friends. My best memory is the ponies. I so wanted one.

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  4. Thanks for the site. I was born in Bixby Knolls Hospital in June of 1953. We lived until 1955 in Victory Park (a two-story across from the school and a one-story). We then moved to a house one block west of Disneyland. We went to Tiny Town often, and the memories are filed in my head. Both sets of grand parents lived in Compton. Mom’s folks lived on Clark off of Atlantic. They took us to Tiny Town often. Dad’s folks lived in Victory Park as well. They originally lived on Poinsetta. Family mythology has it that Michael McCue was involved with the Chamber of Commerce in the latter part of the “40’s. Thanks again. Ed McCue

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  5. Tiny Town was a joy.

    Located on the SE corner of the insection of Olive/Alondra blvd and Poinsettia Ave…directly east of the Roosevelt Junior High auditoreum.

    The carosel was a classic…however, the boat ride was unique and very different. We walked past on the way to Emerson elementry school. Heath Reality office in a house due North. Cole’s Msrket built on the lot. Saw the Oscar Myer Weinnermobile in that lot….still have the weiner whistle.

    Many happy memories.

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  6. How well I remember Tiny Town. Especially on Easter Sunday when little baskets were handed out to every child who was there. For my family it was a very special place. Many thanks.

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  7. Karen L. Van Sant

    This is so cool, Candace! We all have our stories, and it’s such fun to dig them up and re-experience the excitement we felt as 6-yr-olds or whatever. For me, it was Tilden Park & the old merry-go-round there, in the Berkeley hills. Your playground was filled with other children, how wonderful.

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