Monday, March 04, 2013
Tom Sawyer Island, 1957-ish
Today's slides were in a group that were undated, but I put them at around 1957 (because of a Viewliner image!). However, it is possible that two groups of slides were mixed together. Why? Because in this first picture, Tom Sawyer Island may or may not be open for business yet, and it didn't open until 1956. The mill looks pretty complete, though you can see some guys at one of the rafts to the left - I'm pretty sure they are workmen. The raft landing facing us is piled with crates and casks, the international sign for "Don't dock here"!
Also, Tom's Treehouse isn't in place yet. Instead, there is a temporary shack of some kind, possibly for tool storage (?), elf storage, or maybe it's a handy place to cool pipin' hot cherry pies.
Having rounded the bend in the Mark Twain, we look back toward the shores of Frontierland through a puff of steam. Radioactive steam! It's broad daylight, but you can see that the lanterns are lit on the island, which is just going to attract moths and skeeters.