Thursday, October 13, 2016

Vintage Postcards - Knott's Berry Farm

Oh boy, this time Ken Martinez takes us (via his vintage postcards) to....

Knott's Berry Farm Part 2 - Ghost Town Buildings

With today's post I wanted to feature four of my favorite buildings in Knott's Ghost Town. Of course all the Ghost Town buildings are my favorite. With all the changes to Knott's Berry Farm for better or worse, I'm grateful they still have much of Ghost Town intact. That and Calico Square are pretty much the reason I go to Knott's.

This is one of my favorite postcards of Knott's Ghost Town. The Iowa School which was built in 1879 was actually from Beloit Kansas and moved west by a group of Iowa farmers. The school house was moved to Knott's in 1952 and included the original furnishings. The bell tower was added by Knott's.

The Bottle House was built in the 1940's. It's also one of my favorite buildings in Ghost Town. I noticed when waiting in the queue for Radiator Springs Racers at the Disneyland Resort they had a similar style of bottle house hut in the queue. I also like this set of postcards because the architectural details really stand out. Nowadays the orange rising pylons and track of the Silver Bullet roller coaster rise above these buildings.

Here we have the Miner's Bank with the "blown out" second floor. This building was added in the 1950's. Another thing I like about these postcards is all the costumed characters. There are no tourists present and the photos are staged as if it were taking place in the time period portrayed. This one's a great example of an action scene portrayed in the old west.

Finally to close out today's post is the famous Bird Cage Theater which featured live old time melodramas back in the day. I have never been inside. According to the Knott's website, Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies (formerly Billy Hill and the Hillbillies of Disneyland) are currently playing at the Bird Cage Theater as well as The Marshall Purdy Show on alternate days during the summer of '16.

Hope you have enjoyed today's postcards of some great classic buildings from Knott's Ghost Town. Long live Ghost Town!

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Once again, thank you to Ken Martinez for sharing his collection and writing these great posts!


TokyoMagic! said...

Yay, more vintage Knott's postcards! I really hate how they have "junked-up" the sightlines throughout most of Ghost Town with rollercoaster track, but at least all of the buildings in these photos are still standing.....for now, anyway! Say, that wouldn't happen to be Steve Martin in the black top hat and gray cape in front of the Bird Cage Theater, would it? Thanks for sharing these, Ken!

walterworld said...

Poor Ghost Town. Make way for (even) more coasters in the future I'm sure...

Melissa said...

These are so much fun. I love how they've tried to capture the experience with the guests and performers instead of just showing the buildings.

I tried to get into Ghost Town School for a Master's program in Goth studies, but my Haunting Aptitude Test scores weren't high enough.

Anonymous said...

These are great, thank you Ken and Major.

The bank building looks very much like a real ruined bank building in Rhyolite, NV. I wonder if there was any connection?,-116.828978,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1s8518068!2e1!3e10!!7i2640!8i1000!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xbe8c088dbd7c32e8!8m2!3d36.9011573!4d-116.8289137!6m1!1e1?hl=en

There is also a bottle house in Rhyolite >>,-116.829264,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1s71931945!2e1!3e10!!7i1920!8i1440!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xbe8c088dbd7c32e8!8m2!3d36.9011573!4d-116.8289137!6m1!1e1?hl=en

When I visited Rhyolite a couple of years ago, I wondered how the bank owner felt when he closed that door for the last time. A sad story of a boom-and-bust little town.


Nanook said...


Ahhh... the Ghost Town. So great to see these images - especially with the "real folk" populating the scenes. What a great place.

Thanks, Ken.

K. Martinez said...

It appears I flaked out and didn't check in at GDB. Thank you all for the kind comments.