Pony Rides, 1939


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Pony Rides, 1939

Pony rides were one of the most popular attractions of the zoo during the economic crisis. Introduced by 1928, zoo officials boasted of more than 1,000 free pony rides given to youngsters in a single day that year. With ten of the 19 ponies loaned to the zoo by an ice cream company, and due to their affordable diet of hay, pony rides proved to be a Depression-friendly attraction for the cash strapped park. It was believed that over 65,000 children had received rides during the 1937 season. The attraction continued to be highly anticipated summer fare for Cleveland's children through the mid century, and was only rivaled in popularity by the unveiling of adorable baby animals.


This file appears in: The Great Depression and the Zoo