Thursday, June 18, 2015
Oh man, it is a bummer to look at my box of Knott's slides and see how few I have left to share. Because I love Knott's Berry Farm!
This first one, showing the old Wagon Camp, has a lot of 1950s charm, thanks to the few visitors milling around. "Tomato red" was popular! I had a red felt cowboy hat just like that kid, and wore it until it fell apart. Note the high-quality plywood sound system!
Here's the famous volcano... "The only active volcano in Southern California - Moved in from the Mojave Desert, Complete, and has been erupting faithfully ever since". This feature was added by Walter Knott way back in 1939 as a clever way to hide an ugly cement irrigation pipe. Occasionally, the volcano would vent steam, and colored light would be emitted from inside the cone.
In spite of the blur, I love this nice shot of one of the Stage Coaches toodling along the gravel path, carrying full load of passengers. In the background is a neat little red caboose. Buena Park still looks very rural. You can still ride a stage coach at Knott's, though the encroaching city makes the scenery a little less appealing.