Thursday, February 02, 2017
In the days before the Matterhorn was added to Disneyland's list of attractions, the highest point in the park (for guests) was up in the branches of Tom Sawyer's Treehouse, on his eponymous island. The tree itself wasn't actually that tall, but it was built on top of a hill; as you can see by these photos, folks really did get a pretty spectacular view.
Like this one! Facing slightly to the northeast, we can see all kinds of stuff. The corral where the Stage Coaches, Conestoga Wagons, and Pack Mules loaded up. Rainbow Ridge. Casa de Fritos! Beyond that we can even see into Fantasyland, including the Pirate Ship, Skyway, and Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Zooming in a bit, notice the cluster of crude huts known as "El Zocalo", a marketplace where many wondrous souvenirs could be had. To the left, in the middle, is the Mineral Hall. And if you look carefully, you can just see a bit of the red Viewliner in the upper right.
Next the photographer turned to face toward the north, for a view up the east bank of the Rivers of America; eventually Cascade Peak would appear at the bend. At the very bottom of the frame we can see some folks crossing Tom Sawyer Island's suspension bridge, with the pontoon bridge just above that.