August Anheuser Busch Jr., known as Gussie, opened portions of his place to the public free of charge in 1954, a year after the Anheuser-Busch brewery bought the St. Louis Cardinals.
It was a player's wife who suggested the public would enjoy experiencing all the Farm had to offer, especially the Noah's Ark array of animals — more than 1,000 creatures and 100 different species from six of the world's seven continents.
Clydesdale handler Dana Cook cleans the area in front of the horse barn at Grant's Farm on Thursday, April 10, 2014, in preparation for opening day.
Amy Trout, supervisor of the Clydesdales at Grant's Farm, holds five-year-old horse Andrew steady while farrier Joe Detweiler trims the 2,000-pound animal's hooves on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
Charley Wetmore, 70, hauls a trash can down to the dock of Mirror Lake at Grant's Farm on Thursday, April 10, 2014, in preparation for opening day.
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