Monday, March 29, 2010

Knotts Berry Farm Preserved

1946 Concept Rendering for Walter Knott's Covered Wagon Diorama

One of the most successful American roadside attractions ever invented, Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA is about to get some honest-to-goodness appreciation.  The unusual amusement park which grew up around Walter and Cordelia Knott's boysenberry stand is about to be honored with a beautiful new book and a day-long event celebrating its history.

Sad Eye Joe startles all who peek 
in the window of Ghost Town Jail.

Many of the old-fashioned delights collected by Walter Knott still exist today, from a handmade bottle house to replicas of Tombstone's Bird Cage Theater and Philadelphia's Independence Hall - complete with a 2000 pound Liberty Bell.  What in the world could be better than spending a day with your loved ones panning for gold, watching someone spin thread from a box of live silk worms, and dipping your own candlesticks before sharing a dinner of Mrs. Knott's fried chicken, biscuits and pie?  Not a whole heck of a lot!

The ghost of Hangman's Tree concept art

Tickets are on sale - and going fast - for the big "Knott's Preserved" Event on April 18.  It will be a day of historical walking tours, panel discussions, the release of the new book - and of course - chicken dinner.  I can't wait!