Monday, February 05, 2007

The Burning Cabin: The Progression

Because I'm a little twisted, I really miss this wacky detail of Disneyland: the dead man at the (no longer) Burning Cabin along the Rivers of America. This first shot is from an undated slide, and there is NO man-with-an-arrow-through-the-chest. The second view is from September 1959, and there he is, with a big ol' nasty arrow sticking out of his chest.

Fast forward 10 years to 1969 and the wind must have blown the poor varmint clear around. The last shot shows you what you view today as you ride past on the Mark Twain: just a quaint cabin with some laundry hanging to dry; not really anything that would catch your eye. C'mon Disney: bring back the dead guy!

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Major Pepperidge said...

Weird, I just found a great slide of the dead settler, and was thinking of doing the same thing you did today!

Adam Hazlett said...

That first shot is Great! Just enough growth around the cabin.
Today it seems buired inside a dense forest. Settlers would have cut down those trees to build the cabin, and that fake tree needs to go. My vote is for the dead guy!

Tinker Bell said...

My thoughts exactly, tikimoose.
That tree is weak. It looks like some child's papier mache project.

FoxxFur said...

Hey, I'm all for as many photos of the Dead Settler in circulation as possible - it's one of those odd bits of Disneyland history, like the Haunted Mansion's hatbox ghost, which, if they weren't documented, would be almost unthinkable today.