Friday, October 30, 2015
Here are two neat photos from Frontierland, circa 1956!
Let's start with this view of an unfinished Tom Sawyer Island; the Island opened to the public on June 16, 1956, so I would imagine that this was at least two or three months before that. Notice the crude wooden bridge over the mill stream (though there is no stream yet). The mill itself already looks like it has been there for 100 years. I wonder how they aged the wood so convincingly? Tachyons?
Zooming in on the western shore of the island, we can see plenty of lumber and construction going on. In the water there is what appears to be an unfinished raft, possibly being used to ferry supplies over from the mainland. In the distance, I believe that we can see Fort Wilderness underneath lots of scaffolding. Does anybody have an idea what that large ramp into the water was for?
Also, look at the shore in the distance, it's a mess!
You can see some workers, possibly preparing to work on the pipes for the water that would turn the mill's wheel. To the right are the unfinished steps that would lead up to Tom's Treehouse.
Meanwhile, over at the entrance to Frontierland, we see moms, dads, and kids heading into the 19th century. I love the clothes. The Mark Twain can just be discerned through the haze.