Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Here are the flags waving from that pole.
As an added bonus, here is a very early morning shot of the Coral Swim Club pool at the Disneyland Hotel.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
And from the same group of slides is this crowded entrance to Frontierland. Gotta love those fashions!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Here is another one of the structures in Santa Fe, the first building.
There was also stations constructed for the display. Here is a typical station along the C.& N.W.R.R. (The Chicago and Northwester Railroad) with a diesel engine display sitting on the siding.
The Pullman company was also represented at the fair. The company sponsored and built a large tower. Pullman was one of the premier railroad coach builders along with running the sleepers on many railroads.
Finally a nice over view of the fair. I still like the looks of flags flapping in the breeze.
Now on to some more equipment. This is once again dedicated to Richard from Viewliner, Ltd. Also please correct me if I make any mistakes on the equipment. The first is the observation car from the Golden Rocket. The train was to be a high speed train jointly operated by SP and Rock Island. The route would be from Chicago to Los Angeles.
A gorgeous shot of an EMD (Electromotive diesel) engine from Southern Pacific in its bright yellow livery.
And to show it was not just passenger cars, here is a nice freight car from the Burlington Route.
Also a historic combination car from the Cumberland Valley Railroad, circa 1890.
One of my favorite images is the back end of this observation car from the Milwaukee Road of their Hiawatha train set.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
For those interested in the answers to yesterday's trivia- here you go:
The original investors were Jack Benny, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Burl Ives, Bing Crosby, Spike Jones, Art Linkletter, John Payne and Walt Disney. Walt was approached to invest by the family lawyer Lloyd Wright, Sr.
The bowling alley consisted of 80 bowling lanes. The lanes were specifically built and installed to be the best in the world. Another interesting note is the swimming pool was built measuring 164 feet, 1 inch in length and 75 feet, 1 inch in width. The extra inch was added to allow for shrinkage and still maintain the correct length and width for international swimming competitions.
The petrified tree stump is from the Florissant Fossil Beds in Southern Colorado.
The center was sold in 1979 (March 29, 1979 to be exact.)
Currently ther site is a shopping center with the main tenant being a Home Depot. The building and signs were razed. Nothing remains of the Celcbrity Sports Center.
I hope you all enjoyed the contest and learning a little obscure part of the Disney Company.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Of course you may be asking why would I want Celebrity Sports center items? The center was owned and operated by the Walt Disney company and served as a testing ground and training site for many of the managers for both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. For many years pictures of the building and information about the operations were included in the Walt Disney Productions annual reports. The concept was also going to be the model for part of the development of Mineral King.
While doing research on the patch, I came across a recently published magazine with a historical article on the Celebrity Sports Center. The magazine is Heritage the Magazine of the Colorado Historical Society for Autumn 2007. I have a couple extra copies of the magazine, so I have a few trivia questions to give away copies of the magazine. The first two people who send me the correct answers will receive a copy of the magazine. (Send your answers to Matterhorn1959 at Yahoo.com. I will post the answers when the contest is over.)
The first question is name three of the original investors, not including Walt Disney.
The second question is how many bowling lanes were built?
The third question is what piece of Colorado is now at Disneyland?
The fourth question is when did Walt Disney Productions sell the center?
And the final question is what is standing at the location now?
Here is a quick scan of the first page of the magazine.
For those who want to purchase the magazine, here is the link: Colorado Historical Society
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Here is the land of the southwest, the Santa Fe Railroad Exhibit. I love the large Kachina statues. Once again the land marker looks familiar.
Here is an image of one of the employees attired to the theme of the display. In this case, she is working at the New Orleans section of the fair.
There were also themed restaurants located at the fair. This is from the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. Eating in a railroad car is a fun way of dining. (For those in LA, I recommend a visit to Carney's on Sunset Boulevard.)
Of course the reason for the fair was railroads and the rolling stock. Here are some pictures of the engines and the equipment on display at the fairground. I dedicate this section to Viewliner and to my nephew who loves trains. The first image is of the Wabash Rogers engine which may have been the inspiration for the song "The Wabash Cannonball."
Here is a train that would figure into Disney Studio history in 7 short years, the original General. Walt used his new star Fess Parker in a classic Civil War railroad story The Great Locomotive Chase featuring this train.
The next is one of the streamline steam engines for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. I believe at this time this was part of the Cincinattan train.
A nice large Pennsylvania Central railroad electric motive engine. This engine was completed in 1942.
Finally a nice shot of a New York Central streamline passenger car. I love the hand lettered sign.
Tomorrow- souvenir Friday with a trivia contest.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
The second view is a different angle for the Vitarama show. I like the "weenie" of the large tower and also the cartoon looking clocks. Both were to show up later at Disneyland in similar guises.
The third image shows the New Orleans section of the fair. It does look familiar, especially when compared to the early restaurant row in Frontierland that housed Aunt Jemima's and the Silver Banjo.
The next image is of the display exhibit building for the Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad. The theming of the building is nice evoking Florida in Chicago. The famous Bok Singing tower was recreated for this section.
The next set of images are from the "Wheels-A-Rolling" show. Set on a large stage on the shore of Lake Michigan, the show highlighted various trains and included little vignettes to set the time. The first image is a recreation of the driving of the Golden Spike at the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Point in Utah.
The next image is the Harvey Girls section. This vignette featured the famous Harvey Girls serving food to patrons of the Fred Harvey House restaurants. When Walt and Ward visited the fair, Walt was recruited to be one of the guests served by a Harvey Girl.
The next two images show Ward's favorite parts of the pageant, the 1890s featuring bicycles and high wheelers.
And the Roaring Twenties featuring a Keystone Cop like chase.
To see a great scan of the program and for some more images, check out Chicago Railroad Fair 1949.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
The second shot is from an outdoor play. The set and setting look similar to the Golden Horseshoe Review. I like the railroad lantern as a light on the aisle.
Another nice image of Gold Gulch. This was one of the more scenic areas on the 50 acre fairground and I have more images from that area to share.
The final image is of the Union Pacific station and display. Modeled after the Los Angeles Union Station with displays about railroads in the Pacific.
Monday, May 19, 2008
The second image is of the Opera House also in the Gold Gulch section. Walt would have relived the memories of vaudeville, and this was the genesis of the Main Street Cinema.
The third image is from the Rio Grande sponsored section showing a tunnel through the Rockies. This image looks very similar to the first tunnel on the Nature's Wonderland Railroad.
The final image is of the Gold Gulch with the period architecture and wide streets. It also looks a lot like the Knott's Berry Farm Ghost Town.