Saturday, April 17, 2010

Then & Now (Part 2)

Today's post features more Then & Now postcard comparisons.

First off is the Old Mill Stream seen here with running water from the early days of the farm.

And here is the same scene today. Hard to believe that this scene is only a generation away from being a century old. I wonder if it will make it to that milepost.

Here is an early postcard showing the Adobe Walls on Market Street

And here are those same Adobe Walls today

The wonderful Dreger Clock in it's old home in Cordelia's rose garden.

This same area today, sans clock. Fortunately the clock was rescued and can be seen once more just up Beach street from Knott's at the "Plaza Buena"

Gold Trails Hotel from the 1940's.

Gold Trails Hotel today. This completely rebulit building used to house the Covered Wagon Show diorama. After it's rebuild it became a dress shop. I say bring back the Covered Wagon Show and put the dresses in the general store.

Goldie's joint as seen from the Blacksmith's shop in the 1950's.

My attempt to get the same angle a couple of weeks ago. I believe that the shot above was taken from inside the Blacksmith's Shop through a doorway that is now closed.
"Gold Dust Goldie's Hotel" postcard from the 40's

Goldie's as she looks today. This building is a classic, who doesn't have memories of that leg kicking out the window as you went back to see Sad Eyed Joe. Now that I am older and understand what kind of a "Place" Goldie is runnin' I appreciate it even more.

The Gold Mine at the entrance to Ghost Town from the late 40's-ealry 50's

The same area today, pretty much unrecognizable excpet for the entrance to the Steak House.
Well that's gonna do it for today. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Farm tomorrow for Chris Merritt's Knott's Preserved event. Take care and Thanks for Readin'


Anonymous said...

Your original rock garden shot is the north rock garden that is in the middle of the Chicken Dinner Restaurant. Also, did you see the Old Mill Stream and the Washington fireplace was renovated for the Knott's Preserved event?


Let's Talk Knott's said...

Oops. I guess I wasn't paying attention to the picture that I uploaded. I did see the Mill Stream and the Fireplace yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see them looking so nice.

outsidetheberm said...

Always appreciate these 'Then & Now' shots. Thanks.

Wish I could have met you yesterday. Great event, huh?

Let's Talk Knott's said...

The event was fantastic! I was hoping to meet you yesterday as well Ken. I should have worn a "LTK" nametag or something to identify myself as I soon realized that blogger identities don't just jump out at you in a crowd.

TokyoMagic! said...

More great comparisons! I was also hoping to meet you at the Knott's event. Maybe at the next one? It'd be nice if they did something like this again....even if there isn't a book being released in connection with it. Disney releases special merchandise and has the artists on hand for signings. Knott's should do the same!