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. Busch had thrown a party for the players and their families at Grant's Farm. 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. After the farm opened, it was not unusual for visitors to Grant's Farm to see Gussie Busch moving about the property, or standing in a pasture with his beloved horses. The “Big House” where many of the Busch family members lived and 22 acres remained private. Here Busch gives a small, trackless train a test run around the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in 1954. The train was to be used to convey visitors around Grant's Farm.