Tuesday, March 07, 2017
Today Ken Martinez has some great vintage postcards featuring some of the oddball characters that populated Knott's Berry Farm's old Ghost Town. Take it away, Ken:
Knott’s Ghost Town Characters
For today’s post I’m featuring a few characters from Knott’s Berry Farm.
The Miner Statue at Knott’s has been around for quite a while. I know it has been moved around to various locations around the Farm but does anyone know if it still exists at Knott’s and if it does, where it’s located?
Sad Eyed Joe is probably the most famous Knott’s character that ever existed on the Farm. He’s the one I remember most. I’ve heard that the peek-ins have since been removed and the carved figures are up for auction. All that history will soon be in the hands of private collectors.
I love this postcard of the Old Prospector at the mine entrance. The mine tunnel entrance looks strangely similar to the entrance for the GhostRider wooden roller coaster. Do any Knott’s experts know if the GhostRider entrance is related to or an homage to this vintage Knott’s location.
Here we have Chief White Eagle who appeared on other postcards along with Chief Red Feather. I wonder if some of the Native Americans worked at both Disneyland and Knott’s from time to time or if they worked exclusively for Knott’s or Disney.
Upon trying to come up with some ideas for today’s postcard images, I discovered a site which has a comprehensive collection of postcard images and ephemera related to Southern California which I thought some GDB readers might find interesting. I certainly found it interesting.
Hope you enjoyed checking out a few of the many characters at Knott’s Berry Farm!
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I love these vintage Ghost Town characters! And the "Image Archeology" site that Ken has linked to is excellent, as he said. I've looked at it many times. THANKS, Ken!