Thursday, June 15, 2017

Knott's Berry Farm, July 1963

Often, scattered amongst the vintage Disneyland slide sets I purchase are random views of Knott's Berry Farm. Many of the people who sell these estate finds have no idea which is which. Today, Knott's fans can reap the benefits with these July 1963 photos. Here we see the Butterfield Stagecoach attraction; unlike the Disneyland counterpart, it still operates today.

Knott's version of The Autopia; not quite as futuristic! I believe this one was called the Antique Auto Ride. In 1976, it was renamed the Tijuana Taxi.

The Calico Mine Ride attraction, not even quite three years old at the time of this shot:

A detailed view of the train; don't miss the couple in front with the cool boater hats!

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Fifthrider said...

Great pics! Always cool to see how it once was. They were the only thing locally that even held a candle to Disneyland, at least in regards to making family-friendly attractions and theming.

MRaymond said...

I was only 2 when these were taken. I remember when Knott's didn't have the Roller Coaster skyline. Very nice.

Starts With Story said...

Nice shots. The Antique/Tijuana cars are at Castle Park in Riverside - cars and park built by Bud Hurlbut, who also designed/built Calico mine ride and trains...

Anonymous said...

Great memories in these pictures, thanks Dave!


Anonymous said...

Yes...Knott's was always a great 'side trip' to Disneyland. The Mine Train was an absolute favorite rivaling Disney at the time. Ah...memories. KS