Category: People

Ruth Shellhorn

On this day in 1909, Disneyland landscape architect Ruth Shellhorn was born in Los Angeles. Ruth was a pioneer in her field and, as one of the few women involved with the design of the Disneyland, made a significant contribution to the landscape and pedestrian pathway designs of the park in 1955. 

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Smoke Tree Ranch

Have you ever noticed the somewhat cryptic symbol that often appeared on Walt Disney’s ties? While some interesting theories have been shared by some over the years, the symbol is actually the logo of the Smoke Tree Ranch private resort community in Palm Springs, California.

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Can-Do Joe

On this day in 1894, Disney Legend Joe Fowler was born in Lewiston, Maine. The retired Navy Admiral was tapped by Walt Disney to oversee the construction of Disneyland in 1954. In recognition of Joe’s effectiveness and positive outlook, he became affectionately known as “Can-Do Joe.”

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A Role for Joe

The partnership between Walt Disney and Admiral Joe Fowler was essential for getting Disneyland built and open under the time and financial constraints impacting the park’s construction.

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