Colonel T.R. Clydesdale is a character from the film The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975).
Appearances and allusions
A poster outside of the Magic Kingdom's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad mentions Col. Clydesdale as being the founder and owner of the Butterfly Stage Line. This stage-line is mentioned as connecting to St. Louis, Fort Smith, El Paso, San Francisco, Rainbow Ridge, Quake City, Thunder Mesa, and Tumbleweed.
The Butterfly Stage Line is stated to connect to the Carolwood-Pacific Railway. In real-life, this was a miniature, rideable railroad created by Walt Disney which partly inspired Disneyland's creation.
Rainbow Ridge which the stage-line connects to originates from this attraction.