I have always had a special place in my heart for Knott's Berry Farm's Calico Mine Train. When I lived in Huntington Beach, my family spent lots of time at Knott's, and the Mine Train was a "must ride" attraction every time. It debuted in 1960, and was groundbreaking at the time (even inspiring Walt Disney). The ride's creator, Bud Hurlbut, passed away just this past January, and I have a series of posts as a kind of tribute to him, all featuring vintage postcards. In fact, all of today's examples show just the façade. Never fear, we'll go inside pretty soon!
Here's a great view taken from the outer balcony of the Calico Saloon (I think!). You can really see the unique rock work; not especially realistic, but great just the same. A waterfall from a subterranean river adds a nice touch. Not to mention that beautiful train!
Even the sheriff is impressed. The prospector with the burro, not so much.
The faux mountain was a big change in the geography of the Ghost Town, as you can see here. Formerly there was an oval arena that featured horses and riders, and before that... nothing!
And finally (for today), another shot very similar to the first one. Notice the different locomotive.
The next post will focus on the little Mine Trains themselves.