Wednesday, October 02, 2013
The Gold Trails Hotel is one of the early structures in Knott's Berry Farm's "Ghost Town"; inside you could see the "Covered Wagon Show", which I first remember seeing during a school field trip. The theater resembled a saloon; in front of the audience was a crumbling adobe wall, and beyond that was a tableau of a wagon train crossing the desert. There was no movement (no animatronics) at all; the scene would change from day to moonlit night as the audience listened to the pre-recorded narration about the hardships experienced by early settlers. I still remember the voice of the little girl (based on Walter's own mother) saying, "I'm thirsty, mama".
Nearby you'd find the "Arastra", a simple mule-powered contraption used for grinding ore. Nowadays I use one to grind coffee - it has a flavor unlike any other! Because of the special ingredient: love. And mule hair. Is that mule in the background wearing a feed bag, or is that some sort of muzzle so that he can't bite off people's fingers?