Knott's Berry Farm, the granddaddy of American theme parks has roots that stretch back to 1920 when Walter and Cordelia Knott brought their young family to Buena Park to farm berries and vegetables. From humble beginnings, Walter gave the world the Boysenberry while Cordelia placed her famous fried chicken dinner on the table. Their family farm grew with popularity and Knott's Ghost Town was built in 1941 to entertain the crowds. This illustrated presentation traces Knott’s unprecedented and never duplicated growth from family farm into a full-fledged and inspiring theme park. Following the lecture is an hour of historical footage through (mostly) the mid-century decades.
Art Deco Illustrated Presentations 2014
The Birth of Knott's Berry Farm
Co-presented by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles
Join us in the lobby after the presentation, where J. Eric Lynxwiler will sign the book "Knott's Preserved: From Boysenberry to Theme Park, the History of Knott's Berry Farm," which he co-authored with Christopher Merritt. We'll also have slices of Mrs. Knott’s delicious pies for sale!
Approximately 120 min.
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Apr 27, 2014 • 1:00pm