The American Cinematheque and the Art Deco Society have teamed up to present a tribute to Knott’s Berry Farm, the “granddaddy of American theme parks.” Before Knott's joined the amusement park arms race for bigger and badder roller coasters, it was literally a roadside berry farm founded by Walter and Cordelia Knott in 1920. In 1941, history buff Walter created a 19th century ghost town populated with crusty cowboys, saloon girls, and a whole wagon train filled with singers and dancers straight out of Hollywood Westerns. Historian Eric Lynxwiler (co-author with Chris Merritt of the book Knott’s Preserved) presides over an afternoon of rare film clips, vintage photos, and Mrs. Knott’s boysenberry pie.
The Birth of Knott's Berry Farm
Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:00pm
Photos courtesy Carl Junghans, Eric Lynxwiler, Chris Merritt, and the Orange County Archives