Knott's Berry Farm and Ghost Town
Buena Park, California  Page 1

In 1920 Knott's Berry Farm started as a ten acre berry farm, which the Knott's leased. They sold berries to people passing along the road.
In 1927 the Knott's bought the ten acre farm. In addition to selling fresh berries, Mrs. Knott made berry pies to sell and serve in the little tea room with five tables.
In 1929, when land prices dropped sharply, the Knott's bought another ten acres.

In 1932 Mr. Knott went to visit Mr. Rudolph Boysen, who lived in Anaheim, California. Mr Boysen had developed a new berry, by crossing a loganberry with a blackberry and a raspberry. He gave Mr. Knott his only six remaining plants and Mr. Knott transplanted the plants to his farm at Buena Park, where they thrived. In honor of Mr. Boysen, Mr. Knott named the berry the Boysenberry. Walter Knott's wife, Cordelia Knott, made jam and pies with the Boysenberry and sold them at their roadside stand.
In 1934 the Knott's added a room to their home and opened their first restaurant where they served chicken dinners.
In 1940 they started to create the " Living Ghost Town", which Mr. Knott considered a tribute to the history of the old west. The Ghost Town provided free entertainment to the many dinner guests.
By 1941 the farm had expanded to over 120 acres, employed up to 400 employees, had over 100,000 visitors and served over 6,000 chicken dinners in just one very busy day.
By 1945 Knott's Berry had expanded to over 200 acres.
In 1946 the Chicken Restaurant seated 880 and the Steak House 450 guests.
In 1947 Knott's Berry Place was renamed to Knott's Berry Farm.

In 1954 the Bird Cage Theatre opened in Ghost Town. 
In 1960 the Calico Mine Ride opened.
In 1968 a general admission fee was charged for the amusement park for the first time.
In 1969 the Calico Log Ride opened.
In 1975 the
Corkscrew
opened.
In 1976 the 20-story parachute tower "Sky Tower" opened.
In 1978 the roller coaster Montezooma's Revenge opened in Fiesta Village.
In 1983 Camp Snoopy opened.
In 1990 the Corkscrew roller coaster was replaced with the Boomerang roller coaster.
In 1998 GhostRider roller coaster opened.

The following old postcards, travel decals, menus, match books and other items from Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California provide a great visual look back at Knott's Berry Farm and Ghost Town's history. Thanks to Tim Hughes for contributing some great scans to this site.
 


Walter and Cordelia
Knott in front of the
original berry stand.
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Original Berry Stand
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Knott
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.

Aerial View of
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, California
1948
 

Aerial View
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Cal.
 

A Lovely Spot in
the Gardens at
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Petrified Log
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Old Stage Coach
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.

Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.

Logging Wheels
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park,
California
 

Little Chapel
by the Lake
Knott's Berry Place
 

Old Ox Cart at
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Replica of
George Washington's
Fireplace
Knott's Berry Place
 

Silver Dollar Saloon
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, California
mailed 1946

Chapel by the Lake
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, California
mailed 1949

Old Logging Wheels
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.

Active Volcano
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Post Office and
Wells Fargo Express
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
 

Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.

Old Stage Coach
once held up
by Black Bart
Knott's Berry Place
 

Ghost Town at
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Cal.
mailed 1946
 

Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Parking Lot
On a Sunday
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.

Parking Lot
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.

Beautiful
Rock Gardens
Knott's Berry Place

 

Old Borax
Mine Engine
at Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
 

Marilyn & Cecelia
The Calico Belles
Ghost Town
California
 

The Old Town Pump
Knott's Ghost Town
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Redwood
780 yrs. old
Knott's Berry Place

Walter Knott
Founder & Owner
Knott's Berry Place
 

Music Hall and
The Bottle House
Knott's Berry Place
 

Ghost Town Jail
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park,
California
 

Chinese Laundry
in Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place

Ghost Town
Barber Shop
Knott's Berry Place
 

Old Trails Hotel
and Entrance to
Covered Wagon Show
Knott's Berry Place
 

Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park,
California
 

Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park,
California
 

Gamblers
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Blacksmith Shop
in Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Cal.
 

Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park,
California

Old Borax
Mine Engine
Ghost Town at
Knott's Berry Place
 

Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park,
California
 

Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Adobe Ruins
in Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
 

General
Merchandise Store
Knott's Berry Place

Old Timer
in Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
mailed 1942
 

Old Silver Dollar Bar
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
 

Calico Saloon
Ghost Town, Calif.
 

Entertaining in
Calico Saloon
Ghost Town
 

Gold Trails Hotel
Ghost Town

One of the
Dining Rooms
Knott's Berry Farm
Cal.
 

Indian Room
of the Steak House
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Active Volcano
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Cal.
 

Only Active Volcano
in Southern California
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Logging Wheels
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.

Steam Pumper
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Cal.

Cable Car
Knott's Berry Farm
Ghost Town
 

General Merchandise
Knott's Berry Farm
 

General
Merchandise Store
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Middleton's Train
Supply House and
Toy Museum
Knott's Berry Farm

Middleton's Train
Supply House
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.
 

The Old Knifemaker
Knott's Berry Farm
Ghost Town,
California

Walter Knott
Founder & Owner
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Cal.
 

Cowboy at Trail
to Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Knott's Berry Farm
Ghost Town, Calif.
 

Water Wheel
in Goldmine
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Dude Sands & "Mac"
Knott Berry Farm
Buena Park, Cal.
mailed 1951
 

The Old Prospector
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Cal.
 

Prospector
Ghost Town
Knott Berry Farm
 

Sad Eye Joe
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Silver Dollar Bar
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm

Judge Roy Bean
Justice of Peace
Knott's Berry Farm

Ghost Town School
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Cal.
 

Covered Wagon
Camp
Square Dancers
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Old McDonald's Farm
Knotts Berry Farm
Ghost Town, Calif.
 

Ghost Town
Gold Mine
Knott's Berry Farm
 

The Covered Wagon
Camp
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Dining Room
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.

Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.

Redwood Tree
Knott's Berry Farm
mailed 1956
 

Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.

Silver Dollar Bar
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Covered
Wagon Rides
at Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Artists Conception of
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Cal.
 

Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
mailed 1953

Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, California
 

Knott's Berry Farm
Restaurant
Buena Park, Calif.

Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Main Street
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.

Indian Village
Knott's Berry Farm
Ghost Town
 

Indian Village
Knott's Berry Farm
Ghost Town
 

Ghost Town
& Calico Railroad
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Boot Hill
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Gold Mine
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Calico Saloon
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
 

The Covered
Wagon Camp
Knott's Berry Farm
mailed 1957
 

The Haunted Shack
Knott's Berry Farm
Ghost Town, Cal.
 

Deadwood Dick's
Grave on Main St.
Ghost Town
 

Knott's Berry Farm
Ghost Town, Calif.
 

Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.
2 Miles South on
Highway 39
 

Soladado Jose
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park,
California
 

Bartender
Silver Dollar Saloon
in Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
 

"Old Timers"
at Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Sheriff Andy and
Sad Eye Joe
Knott's Berry Place

Ghost Town at
Knotts Berry Place
Buena Park, Cal.
 

Wing Lee
Knott's Berry Place
Buena Park,
California
 

Sheriff Lewis
of Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Slim Vaughn
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Chief Red
Feather
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Old Timer
Panning Gold
Knott's Berry Farm
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Greetings From
Sad Eye Joe
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Aunt Nellie
Playing Dulcimer
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
 

Calico Saloon
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm

Post Office
Ghost Town
Buena Park, Calif.

Boarding House
Ghost Town
Buena Park, Calif.
 

Gold Dust
Goldie's Hotel
Buena Park,
California
 

Goldie's Joint
Ghost Town
Buena Park, Calif.

Hangman's Tree
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Farm
Picture Gallery
 


Hangman's Tree
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
1946
 


Goldie's Joint
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
1946
 


Volcano
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
1946


Grave on Main Street
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
1946

 


Sad Eye Joe
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
mailed 1950
 


The Gamblers
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
1946

 


By the Village Pump
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
1946

 


Ghost Town Street
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
1946

 


Covered Wagon Diorama
Ghost Town
Knott's Berry Place
1946


Our Little Chapel
by the Lake
Knott's Berry Place
1946
 


The Nightwatch
by Charles Nahl
Knott's Berry Place
     


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