Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Conestoga: more than just a wagon
Conestoga is the name of the high school that I attended many moons ago. On the side of the building, there was a metallic cutout of a Conestoga wagon, and fittingly, our mascot was a Pioneer. This 1979 photo shows our high school band, ready to march in the 1980 Rose Bowl Parade (yes, we had some good trips!).
You can see a very disinterested me, 4th from the right, with the rest of the saxophone section. The tall hat really sucked; balancing it was a pain in the a#$.
My dad drove me crazy taking photos of us during the games; of course now I treasure these.
The band trip during my senior year included a detour to Walt Disney World in Orlando. Couldn't complain about that.
On graduation day in June 1982, you can see my high school in the background.
This vintage April 1958 Disneyland image shows a Conestoga Wagon, which once graced Frontierland and provided a very bumpy ride for guests looking for an authentic old west experience.
Zooming in for a closer look:
This shot shows the Wagon barreling out of the loading queue area:
Unfortunately, this attraction bit the dust a few years before I was born, so I am unable to say that I've actually been on a Conestoga Wagon. However, the name of it sure provides a few warm memories of my high school years.
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