Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Disneyland, September 1955: Main Street, U.S.A.
Today begins a series of images taken only a few months after Disneyland opened. Focusing (oh, the puns) on Main Street, U.S.A. and Town Square, these photos show a section of the park whose architecture has changed little over the years (other than paint and landscaping). The first one for today is a shot that is difficult to duplicate today (taken from the train station), thanks to the mature trees that block an unobstructed view of City Hall. So instead, here's one taken from ground level:
I love that the vehicles are almost all still in operation, especially this park fave, the Horse-Drawn Streetcar. Guests still saunter unaware in front of it, soaking up all of the sights, oblivious to the poor horse attempting to plod ahead.
I also dig the fire department; even today, kids explore the living museum with wonder, checking out the stalls and crawling all over the chemical wagon parked inside.
It sure looks purty at night!
Last one for today takes us up Main Street where we see the Wonderland Music shop. Oh for the days when there were a variety of unique vendors on Main Street!
This shop is now home to the Magic Shop:
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