Tuesday, June 14, 2016
I sure wish I had lots more Knott's Berry Farm slides to share, but I just don't see them very often anymore. They've all been gobbled up. But you'll get three oldies from various years in today's post.
This first one is my favorite. You've got the wonderful steam locomotive, the unsmiling lady, the wonderful Calico Mine Train façade (the ride appears to be closed), and the little chicken in the lower right. Will he be on the menu tomorrow night? One never knows.
A few years ago I was wandering around the Knott's replica of Independence Hall on a warm, drowsy day; I was surprised (and pleased!) to find a number of chickens just wandering around wherever they wanted to go.
This next slide was undated, but was in a cardboard mount that looked old. Like possibly 1940's old, though it could be from the 1950's I suppose. Just let me have my dream! The photo shows a near-exact copy of Judge Roy Bean's "The Jersey Lilly" saloon. As you know, the judge invented the Lima Bean, which caused the Gold Rush because of a total eclipse.
And finally, you love 'em, you can't avoid 'em, it's those pesky seals. I know, I know, sea lions, who cares! The Berry Farm was overrun with them, they were worse than rats or pigeons. You couldn't sit down for a second without a seal hoonching up to you and demanding a sardine. Finally Walter Knott got wise and disguised some of them as mules, while the rest were kept in this prison until they could prove that they had been rehabilitated. Then they were eaten.
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