Story & photos by Mark Hickson:
The hitching posts on Main Street U.S.A. have been icons since Disneyland's first year. These cast iron pillars have graced Main Street's turn of the century theme, reminding guests that horses were an important part of our American heritage. Originally they all has stainless steel bit reins, but some have been removed due to wear and tear from the guests.
According to Jim Korkis, the horse-head hitching posts on Main Street at both Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom were designed by Emile Kuri (Mary Poppins set director). He based them on an antique hitching post that was given to him as a gift by the owner of the 1840 mansion where the academy award winning movie ‘The Heiress,’ was filmed (1949).
There are 17 hitching posts plus two cast iron posts and one wood post. See if you can count them all the next time you're at Disneyland!
White hitching post with stainless steel bit rein on West Main Street in front of the Candy Palace
Two Cream hitching posts with stainless steel bit rein on the west side of the Hub in front of the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
White hitching post on west side of the Hub in front of Frontierland's entrance
White hitching post on west side of the Hub in front of the Royal Theater
White hitching post on east side of the Hub in front of Tomorrowland's entrance
Two Cream hitching posts on east side of the Hub in front of the Plaza Inn
A white post near the Refreshment Corner
Guess where this original opening day post is!
A lavender post on the east side of the Emporium
These are the two un-hitching post-posts in front of the Emporium
This one is losing it's bit and can be found between the Emporium and the old Main Street Barber Shop.
A white post by City Hall
Black/Blue hitching post in front of the Train Station
The 2nd Black/Blue hitching post in front of the Train Station
Cream hitching post on the east side of Main Street Square in front of the Disneyland Story
Two posts with bit rings in front of the Disney Showcase