Friday, July 29, 2016
Here is another selection of images from 1955! This time I am sharing two exceptionally nice photos from Frontierland. Both are from the same general area, where guests could queue up for a ride on a Pack Mule, or a Conestoga Wagon, or a Stagecoach.
I love just about everything about this first photo, with a line of Pack Mules returning from a trip through the wilderness - this was pre-Nature's Wonderland of course, so at this early date the scenery probably consisted of a lot of freshly-created hills sparsely covered with scrubby plants. I guess the Rainbow Desert was there by now, so at least they would have seen some bubbling paint pots (?) and kooky saguaros.
The cut ends of the fences still look fresh. I like the crude little corral in the middle, complete with a wooden trough for some comedy relief bumpkin to fall in.
Now we've moved up a few steps, and to our right are the load areas for the Conestoga Wagons and the Stagecoaches. Unlike most Western tableaus, there is a Bavarian castle peeking up over the bluffs. Pay it no mind! Ah, to have been there in the park's first year, knowing what I now know... it would be amazing.
I wonder why that guy has a shovel? Probably going to dig a hole. Yeah, that's it.