Thursday, July 19, 2007

Canoe Load Area, 1950's

Here it is, THE most exciting photo as voted on by "US" magazine.

On board the Mark Twain, we can see the old Indian Village and the load area for the Indian Warrior Canoes. Two of the canoes are missing, either in the shop (smog checks) or skimming across the Rivers of America through the untamed wilderness. At the far end of each canoe dock is a container of paddles...and looking at the queue, it appears that it is mostly ladies who will be on the next canoe.

The slide was very dark, so unfortunately our view of the Indian Village is somewhat grainy. I do like the large map of Tom Sawyer Island that you can see, who wouldn't like that in their collection!

5 comments:

Chris Merritt said...

That is so cool! But why is the TSI map with the canoes & not on the island? We should do that for Pirate's Lair...

Major Pepperidge said...

Chris, I am guessing that TSI was brand new (this photo could certainly be from 1956), and perhaps it was hoped that this map would help lure people over to see all of the wonders that aren't visible from shore.

Merlinsguy said...

Wow, this is one rare photo. I remember that the canoes came later...so maybe it's 57.

Major Pepperidge said...

Merlinsguy, I did little (and I do mean little!) research before posting, and one website listed July 4, 1956 as the debut of the canoes (TSI opened on June 16).

But I realize that info gathered on the web should be taken with a grain of salt!

Byron said...

My question is, when was the Mark Twin painted off green (or should I be asking, when was it painted white)?