Friday, January 04, 2008
Souvenir Friday- Santa Fe Railway Indian Village Chicago Rail Fair 1948
Most readers of this blog probably know that in 1948 Walt Disney and Ward Kimball took a trip from Los Angeles to Chicago to visit the Chicago Railroad Fair. The Railroad Fair is looked upon as one of the major influences for the construction and design of Disneyland. Not only did Walt get to play with lots of trains, there were also themed lands presented by each railroad. One of the most immersive themed lands was the Santa Fe Railway Indian Village. As can be seen in this brochure, Frontierland with its historical faux buildings, American Indian dancers, and theming can be traced to the village. Other influences on the design of Disneyland include Tivoli Gardens, Henry Ford's Greenfield Village, Knott's Berry Farm, and various World's Fair.