Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Today I am proud to present some fun vintage Knott's Berry Farm snapshots, generously contributed to GDB by Scott Heinz. You may know him better as commenter "Alonzo P. Hawk"! These photos date from sometime around the nation's Bicentennial. The photos were printed on that textured paper that was popular for a while, and there was some fading, so I have done a small amount of Photoshop stuff to spiff them up a bit.
This first one shows a young Scott (with his Bicentennial visor!) and his father posing with the lovely Marilyn and Cecilia. Scott is getting pretty fresh with Marilyn, but she's seen it all. His dad seems pretty amused. "That's my boy!". It looks like one of the stage coaches is next to them, parked for photo ops.
I liked to get a nice cup of ice-cold boysenberry juice when I was at Knott's, but Scott was not so particular! Never mind that the sign says "Not For People". Did water flow into the trough all the time, or was it flowing because Scott's hand is on the pump handle?
I love this photo! The Calico Mine Train is still one of the most beloved attractions at Knott's (and has happily received a recent refurbishment). Doesn't it look impressive here? Folks are waving from that ore car, but I can't tell if it is Scott and family.
Scott's parents give their feet a rest; I think they are on the porch of Judge Roy Bean's courthouse. Scott was probably inside awaiting his sentencing. (He was later found guilty!).
These next two are great, featuring the attraction known as Henry's Auto Livery, which was at the park from 1962 to 1978. I believe this ride was one of Bud Hurlbut's babies; note that the vehicles did not use guide rails, but instead had "bumper railings" on the sides. Looks like fun!
Scott tries his hand at driving one of the little cars; notice that at some points the ride paralleled actual busy streets (not sure if that is Beach Boulevard in the background? Or La Palma?), which is kind of cool. I know that my nephew would have loved this ride.
MANY THANKS to Scott Heinz for generously sharing these great photos! This was "part one" of Scott's Knott's photos, so stay tuned for more.