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Little Beaver Town (Albuquerque, N.M.) Pictorial Collection

Identifier: PICT-2005-026

Scope and Content

The Little Beaver Town theme park based on the work of Fred Harman was located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This amusement park focused on frontier and pioneer life, especially cowboys and Indians. Photos in the collection depict gunfight reenactments, trains (full and small scale), and actors portraying Red Ryder and Little Beaver. A number of the photographs come from Dick Kent Photography (Albuquerque, NM); Far West Photography (Albuquerque, NM); Tag Photo Studio (Albuquerque, NM), and George Hight Studios (Gallup, NM). There are 29 8 x 11 prints and 7 snapshots.


  • 1960-1964

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print and photographic material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. For more information see the Photographs and Images Research Guide and contact the Pictorial Archivist.


Little Beaver Town was a tourist attraction east of Albuquerque, NM and west of Tijeras Canyon. Vacationers traveling in the early 1960s on Route 66 could visit the park and see reenactments of gun fights, can-can dancing, and old west marriage ceremonies, Native American cultural practices such as weaving, ceramics production, and traditional dances. There was also a small scale train that took visitors around the 44 acre park. Additionally, visitors had the option to take a stagecoach (full size for adults or a smaller scaled one for children).

The park was the product of a local entrepreneur named Howard Hull and the illustrator/artist Fred Harman (1902-1982) who was well known for his Red Ryder comic strip which ran from 1938-1964. The strip also spawned a number of highly successful film serials and radio programs. Harman was a friend of Walt Disney and had worked with him in his formative years. Inspired by Disney’s success with Disneyland, Harman believed that a theme park dedicated to the American west would have broad appeal.


39 items (1 box) : 36 photos, 1 advertising brochure, 1 flyer, and 1 bumper sticker


The collection contains photographs of Little Beaver Town, a theme park that existed in Albuquerque, NM (circa 1960-1964).
Finding Aid of the Little Beaver Town (Albuquerque, N.M.) Pictorial Collection, 1960-1964
Brian Renvall
© 2011
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Finding aid is in English

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  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131