Settlers arrived in the area of Big Thunder Mountain. Searching the land for precious minerals and other riches, their search would soon prove successful. A rich vein of gold was discovered in the red rocks of Big Thunder Mountain and as soon as word got out, more and more settlers streamed into the area, transforming the serene wilderness into a lively and steadily-growing gold-rush town. The founder, Henry Ravenswood, named the town Thunder Mesa.
For his own family, the increasingly-wealthy Mr. Ravenswood began construction on a grand mansion on a hill overlooking the sprawling town. Apart from the four-story manor-house painted in white with a red gable roof, the estate encompassed vast gardens decorated with marble statues as well as the family cemetery on the banks of the river.
Its owner’s dearest pride and joy, however, was his beautiful young daughter Melanie. She grew up protected, free to pass her time in the expansive manor gardens under Henry’s watchful eye.