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So Much Carpentry!

The railroad station tower roof and a gazebo built just north of the Mill. (Looking northwest. Job-built ladder at left is roughly behind the Main St. Cinema.)
The first building erected at Disneyland was a 14,000 square foot prefabricated steel building designed to house $50,000 worth of woodworking equipment. The studio carpentry shop was running at full tilt on the Disneyland project, but anything built in Burbank had to be trucked to Anaheim. The new Mill Shop, operational by mid-January 1955, began by fabricating the scaled-down wooden doors, dormers, railings, and double-hung windows called for by WED's plans.

The Mark Twain's superstructure, a dozen train cars, four streetcars, and a variety of wagons including Concord stagecoaches were built at the studio, but an amazing amount of carpentry was performed on-site. All the facades on Main Street, the train station and City Hall tower cupolas, the filigree of the Golden Horseshoe saloon, the turned posts of the British Colonial jungle boat dock, and even the huge pirate ship for Fantasyland, were built at, or immediately outside, the Mill, which was located between the Administration Building and Main Street. The Mill was converted to exhibit space in late 1961 and later remodeled to showcase Great Moments With Mr. Lincoln. A small, two-story building hid the Mill and housed the Bank of America, shops, and the Strollers and Wheelchairs facility. The park's telephone operators were located upstairs with a view of Town Square.
The facades of Main Street are extremely complex woodworking. The windows and doors were non-standard. What appears to be brick is scored stucco on wood. Photo shows two men with a time-traveler (Fess Parker, of course) circa April 1955. (Photo: Mell Kilpatrick for the Santa Ana Register, from the Daveland collection)


  1. In the background, is that the roof of the Main Street train station being held up in the air by (steel?) posts?


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