Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Freight Train & Town Square, 1958

Here's a couple of random photos from 1958, starting with this interesting view of the C.K. Holliday pulling the old cattle cars (for some reason I labeled this slide "1958 EP Ripley", but what can ya do). While it is a lovely view of the train, it is that vast expanse of dirt that is interesting to me. Was this the former site of Professor Keller's Jungle Killers? I'm not sure what would have been built here later. The Fantasyland Autopia?


It's around Christmas time, with Town Square decked out in wreaths and bells, and those painted plywood scenes, just visible on the Emporium. Crowds were light this sunny, beautiful day!


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7 comments:

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Love all that dirt! I'm with you guessing its where the Circus was and Jr. Autopia & the Viewliner station would appear, but just a guess.

Connie Moreno said...

For once, I'm speechless! Awesome pics!

Progressland said...

Thanks for the pointer! If only there were some sign back there...

D ticket said...

That's got to be the berm of the northern edge of the Park, there was a road with poles along it, and to the right must be Harbor, so CK Holliday is just about to make the turn south.
We're looking into the North East corner of the 1958 Park. This is probably late 1957, early 1958.

http://matterhorn1959.blogspot.com/2006/07/birds-eye-view-of-disneyland-1958.html

Major Pepperidge said...

D ticket, I agree with you that the train is at the north edge of the park, heading towards that NE corner of Disneyland's triangle shape.

Bryce said...

I vote for the circus location as well. It looks like they just took down the tent.

Nancy said...

very cool to see a pic like this...thanks for the blue skies, too :D