Sunday, November 25, 2007

Frontierland

Today is a quickie post....hopefully that is better than no post at all! First up is this nice photo of Fort Wilderness (possibly 1956 or '57). Man-oh-man, who woulda thought that this would be gone someday? Love the dramatic sky. You can see a few friendly folks peeking over the fort's walls; they're safe inside, while we are at risk of getting an arrow through the throat. Gaaaaaaa! In fact, some very early photos show the fort stuck full of arrows, but that look didn't last very long.


Next up is this strangely grainy photo of the Bertha Mae (it was really dark, lightening it up made it funky). On board the Keelboat, most folks like to sit on top and get the open views...it's kind of an Omnibus on the water. This was also responsible for the occasional capsizing of a Keelboat, much like the old Stagecoach used to tip over. The pilot appears to be blowing some kind of horn, any idea what that's about? Or maybe he gave his spiel into an old fashioned megaphone?? In the background is the recently-constructed Haunted Mansion facade

4 comments:

Merlinsguy said...

The horn emitted a kind of Ah-ooo-ga sound, evidently a tradition horn of the keel-boaters...

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

I miss the Fort so much, thanks for the great shot with dramatic sky! How hard could it be to rebuild it (correctly)? Oh boy, the Bertha Mae too! That's one I never rode, I just figured I would get to it "someday"... I guess not... THANKS for these Gems!

Davelandweb said...

The Fort is still there; it's just been modernized and crap-i-fied (is that a word?!?). Really disturbing how it looks now. And poor Bertha Mae...RIP!

Yendorb said...

I remember the arrows in the fort, I think they were there through the 80's probably dissappeared about the same time as the pc squad took over the burning cabin