Wednesday, March 15, 2017
It's time once again for more vintage postcards from the collection of Ken Martinez! This time he is featuring cards from Knott's Berry Farm from the 1970's - so they are near and dear to me. Here's Ken:
Knott’s Berry Farm – After the Gate and into the 1970’s
It’s time for another vintage visit to Knott’s Berry Farm, this time just after Knott’s erected a fence and started charging admission to enter the park.
The Calico Log Ride (now known as Timber Mountain Log Ride) opened in 1969 with John Wayne being on hand for the festivities. The Bud Hurlbut funded and created attraction still remains popular today. It’s a true Knott’s classic. The attraction’s animatronics were revamped by Garner Holt Productions in 2013.
Fiesta Village opened the same year as the Calico Log Ride in 1969. It was the second theme area constructed and opened after Ghost Town.
Here’s another postcard featuring the Fiesta Village. Perhaps a reader can chime in as to what the boats were used for.
Pictured here in this split-scene postcard are some of Fiesta Village’s attractions like “Montezooma’s Revenge”, the “Antique Merry-go-Round”, the “Happy Sombrero” (now Hat Dance) and the “Auto Ride/Tijuana Taxi”. Other past attractions in Fiesta Village included “Fiesta Wheel” a Chance Trabant, “Mexican Whip” a Sellner Tilt-A-Whirl and “Tampico Tumbler” a Fireball ride.
Montezooma’s Revenge which opened in 1978 was Knott’s third roller coaster. It is now significant in that it is the only Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop roller coaster still standing and operating in the United States. Let’s hope the current management of the park keeps it running and operational for some time to come.
Here’s a long gone but not forgotten Knott’s classic. Knott’s Bear-y Tales was designed by Disney Imagineer Wally Crump and opened in 1975. It was replaced by “Kingdom of the Dinosaurs” in 1987. I believe this postcard features the Bear Family Raz, Elder, Boysen, Girlsen and Flapper Bear-y. The “Voyage to the Iron Reef” dark ride now occupies the building that “Knott’s Bear-y Tales inhabited.
The “Roaring 20’s Corkscrew” which opened in 1975 was the world’s first modern inverted roller coaster. Apparently Knott’s thought a Vekoma Boomerang was going to refresh the area so they removed the Arrow Corkscrew to make room for it. If you still want to ride this historical rollercoaster you can visit Silverwood Theme Park in Idaho.
Here’s another split-scene postcard featuring some of the attractions from the Roaring 20’s Airfield area. Featured here is “Propeller Spin” a Hrubetz Super Round-Up ride, the “Sky Jump” an Intamin parachute drop ride and the “Loop Trainer Flying Machine” an Enterprise ride. The Roaring 20’s area was replaced by The Boardwalk.
Hope you enjoyed another visit to Knott’s Berry Farm of the past.
Thank you Ken! I have the feeling this is going to be a popular article.