Kelly Gallagher, granddaughter of the late Wilbert Charles “Bud” Benedum (pictured to the left) has given us permission to showcase the photos that her grandfather personally took during the construction of WDW.
Mr. Benedum was the Chief Engineer of construction for the monorail at the time and he documented the construction of WDW through many wonderful photos.
These are just the first photos that Kelly will be sharing with us over the next few weeks.
A few of the rare moments captured in these photos include:
- West Central Street
- The Empress Lilly
- Temporary telephone/electrical poles next to the Swiss Family Treehouse
- Make-shift tower in front of the Cinderella’s castle – presumably for official photography and/or engineering.
- Personal photo of the topping of the castles spires
Wilbert Charles “Bud” Benedum Gallery
Special thanks to Kelly and her family for sharing their memories with us!