Tuesday, November 04, 2014
Lots of neat stuff was added to Knott's Berry Farm post-1950's. The Calico Mine Train, the Timber Mountain Log Ride, and Knott's Bear-y Tales to name a few. But there is just something about KBF in the 50's. It sure wasn't about rides, since there were only a few (the train, the stagecoach, mules, maybe some antique autos). The old Ghost Town encouraged guests to explore - presumably while they were waiting their turn for their chicken dinners.
Like many an old west town, the local saloon was an important part of the community at Knott's. See some leggy showgirls, drink some cold boysenberry juice, maybe go upstairs and take in the view from the balcony, everybody seemed to wind up there at some point. It looks so great in this picture!
Life on the frontier was not easy, and Boot Hill displayed the grave markers of many who died unfortunate deaths. The oval marker nearest to us reads, "Here lies Poker Face Harry; a whiz at cards called hearts, fast at draw poker, too slow once to draw, that was the joker". When you stood on one particular grave (wish I could remember which one!), you could feel the heartbeat of the person beneath you. Buried alive?! Pretty grim, and yet I loved it as a child.
Three kids pose next to a grizzled mule and his grizzled owner. The prospector has a gun belt, you never know when he has to protect his stake from yellow-bellied varmints! He doesn't seem too happy to be there, maybe he was missing his favorite TV show. I love that the two boys are wearing identical shirts.