Thursday, December 27, 2007

Knott's 1956

Here are a couple of black and white snapshots taken at Knott's Berry Farm in 1956. Our first photo shows a little girl looking pretty darn happy as she passes by on her mule, with the Ghost Town sign overhead.

Here's the Carousel from Knott's. It distinguishes itself from the one at Disneyland by having animals other than horses...I've read that this makes it a "merry-go-round", but according to Wikipedia that is incorrect...the terms are interchangeable. This example is a "classic Densel Carousel". The carousel has 52 animals and two chariots and is considered to be one of the finest examples of the "golden age" carousels still in operation. It was originally located at Hershey Park in Hershey, Pennsylvania before it was brought to Knott's in 1955 by Walter Knott.


Anonymous said...

I believe the difference is that a Merry-Go-Round only spins.

A Carousel spins and the animals/horses move up and down.

Hope that helps.


Major Pepperidge said...

You might be right johnny, thanks!

Chris Merritt said...

Brought to Knott's by Bud Hurlbut, you mean!

Major Pepperidge said...

Well, I can't argue with the expert! I think the reference that I found online said Walter Knott brought it, but we all know how accurate the 'net is.

Chris Merritt said...

Well, he invited Bud to bring it to the Farm - so maybe sorta correct.