Your Chance To Buy a Piece of Theme Park History


If you’ve ever been on the Calico mine train or Timber Mountain log ride at Knott’s Berry Farm, you’ve enjoyed the creations of Bud Hurlbut. The master designer, engineer and train buff died in January soon after the publication of Knott’s Preserved, a history of the park. His papers and models found a home at the Orange County archives. However, the rest of the contents of his packed estate are up for sale over the next three days. Numbers will be handed out at 8am Thursday outside of his former home in Buena Park. Theme park designers like this collect all sorts of things for inspiration and decoration and the description of the sale sounds rapturous to us folks that like to surround ourselves with weird old stuff. Carousel horses, carnival signs, kidney-shaped furniture, giant Houdini-style padlocks… I might have to find a way to slip down the 5 before it’s all cleared out. Wow!