Tuesday, December 23, 2014
I love today's main photo, featuring the still-wonderful Calico Mine Train at Knott's Berry Farm! It's a beauty, with dramatic lighting that emphasizes the rock work, with a single little locomotive sitting on the track. Notice the sign on the ticket booth - "Mine Under Construction". This photo is dated November 1960, and the Mine Train debuted that very month… it sure looks ready to go!
By the way, see that framed picture in the lower left?
Here's a closer look; it's very odd to see it just leaning against the rocks like that. It's obviously a conceptual painting showing guests what to expect.
I asked Chris Merritt (Imagineer and author of the excellent "Knott's Preserved" book - now out of print, apparently) if he recognized the artwork, and he sent along two images that he allowed me to share with you. This first one shows the painting in glorious black and white.
And in this neat construction photo, you can see the artwork mounted on that pole, beneath a shady awning. I wonder if this painting still survives somewhere?
Thanks to Chris Merritt for sharing these photos from his archives!