Exhibit focuses on mid-century amusement
parks that brought thrills to the South Bay
Sure, Sunnyvale had beautiful orchards, and new neighborhoods of Eichler homes. But there wasn’t much excitement—not until Frontier Village opened some 50 years ago, Lex van den Berghe recalls.
He was among the first in line to catch the nostalgic exhibit ‘It Takes a Village: A trip back in time to Frontier Village, Santa’s Village, and Lost World,’ which just opened at the New Museum of Los Gatos.
“It was my happy place for the longest time,” Lex recalls of the western-themed amusement park, which operated from 1961 to 1980. The exhibit also takes in two mid-century contemporaneous parks in the South Bay, Santa’s Village (run by the operators of Frontier Village) and the Lost World.
The exhibit at NUMU Los Gatos runs through April 3. The museum is at...