Wednesday, December 24, 2008
"Photo courtesy Orange County Archives."
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ocarchives/3096573222, this is a fantastic collection of photos. They have inherited some wonderful historic Knott's stuff from Cedar Fair. I have spent many hours enjoying these photos and would recommend them to anyone that is interested in So Cal history. Thanks and Happy Holidays to the crew at the OC archives!
Take care and Thanks for Readin'
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
The Glass Blower’s shop from the mid 50’s I believe.
The same building today is now an extension of the general store. As you can see it is still easily identifiable with the only real change being the signage that now adorns the façade.
Here is a shot of the current location of the glass blower in the old “Grist Mill”.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Here is a shot from a 1970's era Souvenir Guide of the "Family Dinner" display that I believe used to be in the building pictured below which is behind the Miner's Bank and the Candy Store on School Road. There is a dentist display in this building now.
Have a happy holiday, Thanks for Readin'
Monday, November 17, 2008
“The assay office was an important and necessary part of every early-day mining camp. Here the ore was sampled and assayed, and fortunes were made or lost on the results of these assays. You understand of course that the assayer determines the amount of gold in a single representative ounce of the sample brought him and then gives the miner and assayer’s certificate which shows him how much gold per ton would be in the same kind of rock. From this the miner determines whether the mine would be profitable to work or not.”
- Pg. 13 - Ghost Town History & Reference –
http://vintagedisneylandtickets.blogspot.com/ has a great Knott’s before and after feature today, and more to come judging from the “Part 1” in the title.
"Inside the Assay office a prospector waits while his ore is Assayed."
"A close-up of the Assayer's equipmet"
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Monday, November 10, 2008
"This old windmill was brought to Riverside from England by an English syndicate that laid out and subdivided Riverside in the 1860's. When we started Ghost Town we bought the old windmill and put it at the end of Main St., which at that time we thought was as far as the town was going."
-Ghost Town History and Reference-
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
One part of me is certainly glad that they rebuilt the Jail instead of just removing it altogether but the nostalgic part of me laments another piece of ghost town being replaced with a replica.
The old jail the last time I saw it on Father’s day 2008. As this photo shows it was slipping into a state of disrepair.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008
“The Miner’s Bank is a replica of man an early day bank. This was a bank downstairs, and the E. Clampus Vitas Lodge hall was upstairs. We thought the old building with the burned-out lodge hall was so typical of the ruins in so many ghost towns that when we built the bank we built the burned-out lodge hall above it”
-Ghost Town History and Reference-
Information on the The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus can be found here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_Clampus_Vitus
The Miner's Bank April 2008.
Behind the Bank 2008
E Clampus Vitus Sign
I'll feature the Bank's interior in a future post. Take care for now!
Thanks for Readin’
Monday, October 27, 2008
These pictures were taken last Sunday October 19th, 2008
This guy had been panning a dry riverbed for quite some time.
Good to see the old water wheel turning again.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
There are many similarities between Calico and the Ghost Town at KBF. Calico has peek ins, a bottle house, a mystery shack (similar to the Haunted Shack that was once at KBF), and a host of other old west buildings that are outfitted in the same manner as the original attractions at the Berry Farm.
”Dedication Plaque, Signed by our favorite farmer”
“Calico’s Bottle House, Built around the same time as the one at Knott’s Berry Farm”
“Calico’s Peek Ins, Very reminiscent of the Peek Ins at KBF. I did not get good interior photos but see below for a shot from inside the Maggie Mine office that shows the Walter Knott touch that these displays feature”
“A familiar statue of a prospector with his mule”
“Walter and Cordelia beside the Calico dedication plaque”
I hope you have enjoyed the brief tour of Calico. I plan to feature more of Calico in upcoming posts. Next week we will return to the farm to feature some of the original structures that can still be seen there.
Take care for now, and Thanks for Readin’
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Jail – Still there although it was torn down and completely rebuilt a few months ago.
Ghost Town Grill – Still there and easily the second best restaurant at Knott’s next to the Chicken Dinner Restaurant.
Pitchur Gallery – Still there right behind the Hotel as it has always been.
Covered Wagon Show – The Gold Trails Hotel which housed this attraction is still there, though I read that it too was rebuilt back in the mid 90’s, but unfortunately this first attraction on the farm that once occupied the hotel lobby has been replaced by a gift shop.
Roy Bean Saloon – This building still exists but has been moved over near the underpass that now leads to the “Silver Bullet” queue. It is definitely worth stopping in for a look as the interior looks like it hasn’t changed in a hundred years.
Bottle House – This famous building stands in the very spot it was built. In this photo the adjoining music hall and stage coach office had not yet been built.
Path to the chapel – This is the only thing that really isn’t there any more. The only remnants being a portion of the arbor connected to the Bottle house. Alas the chapel that this path once lead to was razed in 2003 to make way for the Silver Bullet Roller Coaster.
Well that wraps up my first post. Hopefully this will spark some discussion so we can “Talk Knott’s”
Thanks for Readin’