Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Photos of Knott's from the 1974

I'm posting some slides I came across that are from 1974.

This "Welcome to Ghost Town" sign was on the railing overlooking the Pan for Gold and was located just outside the Farm Market.

Chief Red Feather out on Main Street.
Fiddling Charlie and his wife Mamie.

This picture looks me to have been taken about were the crossing from Fiesta Village into the Boardwalk area is today. The cars in the back ground are probably employees cars. When I started working here in 1974 the Employee Parking Lot was the area behind Calico Mine Ride.
The entrance to the John Wayne Theatre.

The holdup of the Stagecoach took place just before the Stage turned to go East along La Palma Ave.

A sign advertising the "Guided Tours" of Independence Hall. And the next picture is of one of the Tour Guides.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Knott's at Night (Part 2)

Here are the rest of my Knott's at night slides.

This next picture is the Old Knife Shop.

I have some more slides from the mid to late '70s that I will post at a later time.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Knott's at Night (Part 1)

I'm posting some old slides of my from around 1980. I was taking a photography class at Cal State Fullerton and these were for one of the assignments. I always took my camera to work with me.

This next picture is the Propeller Spin that was in the Airfield area.

The next couple of pictures are of the El Cinema Grande theatre that was on the island on lake.
It showed movies in 180 degree format.

This next picture is the Fiesta Wheel ride in Fiesta Village.

That's it for now, I will try to post the rest tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Knott's Country Fair Returns

Today I'm posting copies of the entertainment handouts from three of Country Fair events at Knott's. Unlike the "Mardi Gras" event discussed in the previous post this event was very successful and had an 18 year run from 1977 to 1994. And after a 16 year hiatus Knott's has decided to bring it back. The Country Fair will run from April 16 through 24 this year.

The first three images are from the first Country Fair event in 1977.

The next three images are from the second annual event in 1978.

For the next set images we're going to skip ahead a couple of years to 1980, which was the 60th anniversary of Knott's and the fourth annual Country Fair.

That's it for this post, I plan to post more Country Fair materials when I get a chance to scan them in.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mardi Gras at Knott's

Today I'm posting some of the materials from the first (and only) annual "Mardi Gras Madness" at Knott's Berry Farm. The event took place alittle over 35 years ago now, February 25, 27, 28 & 29, 1976.

The first images are of the entertainment/map handout.

The next item is a cardboard button that was given to employees to advertise the event.

The next image is of the souvenir coins that were thrown out from the floats during the "Mardi Gras Promeade". I remember working as a "sweeper" during this time and having to pick up these coins, I have a bag full of these still. This event did not go over very well, hense the fact that it was the first (and only) annual "Mardi Gras Madness". A side note here is that this year's Summer kick-off employee BBQ is themed "Marty Gras", named after the current GM Marty Keithley.