Friday, March 21, 2014
Santa Barbara Mission and The Disneyland Stagecoach
This May 1955 image shows the Mission Santa Barbara, which was founded on December 4th, 1786. It was the tenth of twenty-one California Missions to be founded by the Spanish Franciscans. Over time three adobe churches were constructed on the grounds, each larger than the one before until the fourth and present church was built in 1820. Flash forward to 2002 and you can see this comparison image that I shot during my first visit there:
Walt paid homage to the Mission with the decoration of one of his stagecoaches, which was named The California.
It featured an illustration of the Mission on its door:
This 1955 Disneyland Stagecoach photo shows it in color:
Zeroing in for a closer look:
Just a little closer:
Two more 1950's shots of the California Coach:
The Arizona Stagecoach had a picture that looked worthy of a John Ford western:
The closeup view:
This December 1955 shot gives an even better view of the Arizona's illustration:
Which one would you rather ride in?
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