Christmas 2008 At Knott's Berry Farm

Christmas is a time when you get homesick - even when you're home

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Knott's Berry Farm (December 16th)

Aunt Kaye has not been to the farm in 100 years so we decided to go!!!  This evening we are off to the Five Crowns for a birthday dinner.

Knott's Berry Farm
Forget the rides.. We wondered through the craft's fair

Did You Know? -

Knott's Berry Farm is a brand name of two separate entities in the United States: a theme park in Buena Park, California, and a manufacturer of food specialty products (primarily jams and preserves) based in Placentia, California. Together, the two entities have almost a 90-year legacy in the United States. In addition, Knott's has developed three Soak City USA water parks in Southern California.

Originally established by Walter Knott, the theme park and water parks are now owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, and the food products are now part of The J. M. Smucker Co.

In the 1920s, Walter Knott (December 11, 1889 December 3, 1981) and his family sold berries, berry plants and pies from a roadside stand beside State Route 39, near the small town of Buena Park.In the 1930s, Walter Knott was introduced to a new berry which had been cultivated by Rudolph Boysen. The plant was a combination of the red raspberry, blackberry, and loganberry. Walter planted a few plants he had received on a visit to Boysen's farm, and later started to sell them at their roadside stand.[1] When people asked him what they were called he said "boysenberries".

In 1934, to make ends meet, Knott's wife Cordelia (18901974) reluctantly began serving fried chicken dinners on their wedding china. For dessert, Knott's trademark boysenberry pie was also served to guests dining in the small tea room. As Southern California developed, Highway 39 became the major north-south connection between Los Angeles County and the beaches of Orange County, and the restaurant's location was a popular stopping point for drivers making what at the time was a two-hour trip. Until the development of the 605 and 57 freeways in the late 1960s, Highway 39 (now known in Orange County as Beach Boulevard) continued to carry the bulk of the traffic between eastern Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
Twas going to be a rainy day but we scared it off!  Blustery maybe

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
It's not your grandpa's Knott's Berry Farm!

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
Sue and Aunt Kaye get ready to see the goodies

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
The old steam locomotive it still by the blacksmith's house

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
Snoopy's Ice Show was excellent!

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
The old locomotive still runs around the park on the half hour

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
Same cars as 50 years ago

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
Snoopy's show was on ice and it was cold inside

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
"Turn off your cell pone, please"

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
Let the show begin!

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
Snoopy shows up!

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
They race around the stage at 80 miles and hour!

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
Lucy make announcements

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
Amazing costumes

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
Super costumes

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008

The Bird Cage Theater

Did You Know? -

Ghost Town itself has a place in history aside from the buildings brought here. The Bird Cage Theatre melodrama theater (currently only used during the Christmas season) has launched many acting careers, including that of Steve Martin.

The Original Bird Cage Theater: The Bird Cage Theatre originally opened as The Elite Theatre on December 25, 1881, during the height of the silver boom in Tombstone, Arizona. Consisting of the theater, a saloon, a gambling parlour, and a brothel, it operated continuously 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for the next 8 years. It gained a reputation as one of the wildest places in Tombstone, prompting The New York Times to report in 1882 that "the Bird Cage Theatre is the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast". The numerous bullet holes in the building lend credence to this claim.

Many famous entertainers of the day performed here over the years, including Eddy Foy, Lotta Crabtree, Lily Langtree, and Lola Montez. It is reported that the popular song, "She's Only a Bird in a Gilded Cage" was written after a conversation occurred between Eddie Foy and songwriter Arthur Lamb concerning the ladies at the Elite who performed in 14 cages suspended from the ceiling in the main hall. Shortly thereafter, the owner changed the name to The Bird Cage.

The basement poker room is said to be the site of the longest-running poker game in history. Played continuously 24 hours a day for eight years, five months, and three days, legend has it that as much as 10 million dollars changed hands during the marathon game, with the house retaining 10 percent. Some of the participants were Doc Holliday, Bat Masterson, Diamond Jim Brady, and George Randolph Hearst. When ground water began seeping into the mines in the late 1880s the town went bust, the Bird Cage Theatre along with it. The poker game ended and the building was sealed up in 1889.

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008

Christmas visit to Knotts  2008
Aunt Kaye enjoyed the play and met with the cast afterwards!

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