Cool Nature's Wonderland Model

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    Walt's Barn's Facebook page has posted these cool pictures of a Mine Train Thru Nature's Wonderland model. Anyone know where I can find more pics? My son was once obsessed with this ride so I know he'd like to look:

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    That's on display at Walt's barn?
     
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    No, the post was by Walt's Bart on Facebook. It was at a Fullerton Railroad show.
     
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    Doobie - the modeler is named Sam Towler, I believe. He has a facebook page "mine train thru nature's wonderland model" - it's really fun following his progress. He does such a great job!
     
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    AWESOME! Thanks so much!!
     
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    Sam started out as a janitor at Disneyland...didn't take long for him to get a job in Imagineering, though!
     
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    Really well-done model. To see anything that may be better, go up to San Francisco.....
    I would have loved to have experienced Nature's Wonderland. Much as I love Thunder Mountain, this is definitely one of my favorite long-time extinct attractions.
     
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    My memories are very vague and blurry, but Nature's Wonderland (and the mules etc.) were so much a better fit for the Frontierland theme than Big Thunder Mountain. Not that I blame Disney...and I like BTM. But it's something to remember whenever theme purists gripe about whatever the new thing is at DL (or any Disney park for that matter).
     
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    That looks so cool!
     
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    I remember almost nothing about Nature's Wonderland but I know I rode on it since it was around in the '70s. I think it was something we rarely rode. I see lots of pictures of Fantasyland and Tomorrowland and POTC/HM/CBJ but this area of the park we never really did. I remember the eyeball from ATIS very well though. Maybe we just didn't spend our tickets on it but used them for POTC and Space Mountain instead?
     
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    Nature's Wonderland had closed for BTMRR construction by the time Space Mountain opened.
     
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    That would explain it. I must have been about seven when it closed.
     
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