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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    On a more positive note, I also just remembered the displays of model Missions near the stagecoach area (and near the old small chapel/Blueberry stand).

    Two other details that continue on to this day: the corpse with the bullet hole in his head that periodically rises out of his coffin, and the heartbeating grave at Boot Hill. It's always fun to watch people discover that for the first time! Not to mention the fact that the sounds from the mine at the entrance to boot hill have been restored. Knott's may have lost some of it's charms, but it still retains more than people give it credit for.
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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    My first trip to Knotts was when I was about 5 years old (early 60's). I don't remember much about it, except I think I remember seeing mannequins dresses as prospectors, riding a train that went "underground" (at least that was my memory), and my parents buying me a plastic glow in the dark wand thing with a star shape on top of it. I think the only reason we went is because I think at that time it was free to get in, and it cost money to get into Disneyland.

    The next time I went was the early 90's I believe. A cousin from Texas had come out and we went to Knotts one day and Disneyland the next. I wish I had had the opportunity to visit it more during the early years, but at that time we lived in Idaho and didn't get to come to California that often. But I LOVE the old pictures! Those are wonderful!




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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    Good old Knotts. When I was young I didn't appreciate it because their darkrides didn't compare to Disney's, but looking at these pictures and the current park I realize how quaint the park was with all it's details. Like a more laid back version of Disneyland.

    BTW, slightly off topic, what have they ripped up recently? I've seen pictures of cleared land and construction fences, what exactly is gone?

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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    Heres some more pictures:





























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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    AND THE ORIGINAL

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    I never knew Knotts had that kind of rich history, just goes to show how much the park has gone to S***. I remember going on an educational field trip to Knotts back in the 4th grade and how cool it was from an educational perspective...It only sucked cause we couldn't sneak in any rides...
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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

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    And I disagree with your first, rather flippant remark. If you are basing that simply on the fact that many of the original attractions are gone, you could also conclude that Disneyland has also really gone to hell (in fact, many people do argue that). And if you are not basing it on that, then maybe you could elaborate your thoughts a little more.

    This is a thread to discuss Knott's history, not to bash it's current state. Please go somewhere else for that.
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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    Thanks for the memories. Great post!

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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    I loved Knott's. It was a great theme park once upon a time... These images prove that.

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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    I loved Soap Box Racers and my most favorite was the Haunted Shack.
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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    awsome, simply awsome!!! Thank you, I never knew any of this existed!! we went to knotts in 2004, Loved it! we will be going again in the future. since we are so far away its hard to get there, but soon soon!!

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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    Part of a lift from Soap Box Racers is still standing.
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    Aww, growing up in Orange County -- I have a special place for Knotts AND Disneyland. I remember how I was afraid of the log ride and the corkscrew, and loved the soap box racers, knotts beary tales, and the haunted shack. At least sad eyed joe is still there.

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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    And how about the "great train robbery"? First time we went I was about five. and that scared the daylights out of me.

    I remember how good the boysenberry pie was at the Chicken Dinner restaurant.

    My sixth grade class had a field trip there in the spring of 1968, just a few weeks before they began to charge admission.

    Great memories - and thanks so much for sharing the pictures!
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    Re: Knott's Berry Farm History

    There used to be an "attraction" outside of the park, behind the Independence Hall, called "Jungle Island". Many afternoons after school we'd get dropped off there and be picked up later by mom. Entrance was something really cheap like $1.00, and it was somewhat like Tom Sawyer's Island - suspension bridges, tunnels, ropes, etc. Lots of fun. I think it's now underneath Soak City.

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