Thursday, October 11, 2012
Here's an oddball batch of leftover Knott's Berry Farm scans from various years!
This first slide was dated January 1960, but I'm going to assume the the picture was taken the month before. Folks are loitering outside of Goldie's Place. It's not a brothel, it's a hotel! I recommend the room service, though.
Here's a fun detail that I've never seen elsewhere... a small, somewhat misshapen Christmas decoration hangs just above a small sign that says, "Merry Xmas BOYS!". Love it!
Not too many amusement parks have a church or a chapel, but Knott's Berry Farm had one of each. Even a non-churchy person like me can appreciate these deeply personal touches that Walter Knott included. "Our Chapel By The Lake" was a lovely little building that was inviting and charming, modest and dignified. I wish it was still there.
From a non-commercial Viewmaster reel (yes, you could make your very own Viewmaster reels back in the day!) comes this picture of the antique, mule-powered "Flying Horses" merry-go-round. "Rustic" would be a good word to describe this ride! It was slow, and not exactly pretty, but I'll bet many thousands of adults and children enjoyed their orbit around that pole.