Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town Exhibits (Blacksmith)

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Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town Exhibits (Blacksmith)
« on: October 10, 2018, 04:29 PM »
Ghost Town



The idea for Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town began in 1940 when Walter Knott decided to build an entire Western ghost town to entertain guests waiting to dine at Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant. The ghost town would also pay homage to the pioneering spirit of his grandparents who came to California from Texas by covered wagon in 1868.



This windmill greets guests first entering the park.



A close-up of the dancers who spin around atop the windmill.



Remnants of an old west jail provide a great photo spot.



The Information building.



The FunPIX Photo shop.



Another popular photo spot is Old Betsy.



Besty the Borax Engine land many of the props and artifacts scattered around the Ghost Town, are authentic antiques and machinery that Walter Knott acquired while scouring through old towns throughout California and Arizona. Many of the Ghost Town's buildings were either brought to the farm or built as reproductions modeled after real life buildings found in Calico, California and other authentic old ghost towns.



The Old Windmill was brought to the park in 1940, and actually came from England.



An authentic water pump, I presume.



A stone used in an actual drill contest from 1905, held in Tonopah, Nevada.






Near the front of the town is Hangman's Tree.



During the 1950's the park actually staged hangings of a bandit or outlaw paying the price for robbing the train or the stagecoach. There are no "public hanging shows" today, although Knott's puts on a Halloween Hanging show at a different location during their Knott's Scary Farm Nights.



Deadwood Dick's tombstones can be found on Ghost Town's main street. More tombstones with humorous epitaphs can be found in the graveyard.



This appears to be an old steam roller, although I've not been able to find anything about its history.






You can share this bench with Handsome Brady and Whiskey Bill, two concrete characters created by Claude Bell in 1947. Bell was responsible for creating most of the life-sized statues found throughout the Ghost Town.



This Catawampus is leftover from Jungle Island, in the old Lagoon area across the street. It is one of the last remaining "Wood-imals" created by Forrest Morrow using branches and tree trunks. Jungle Island and the lagoon are now gone, replaced by Knott's Soak City water park.
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Re: Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town (Stroller Shop)
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2018, 04:40 PM »
Stroller Shop



You can rent strollers and wheelchairs for the day here. The shop also sells a small selection of souvenirs.





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Re: Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2018, 06:55 AM »
as I go through all these posts...its clear that Knott's just doesn't have the theme detail (in the shops and restaurants) as Disney does...understandably. Their interiors are more like what I can do in PC...very plain and not very interesting. :)

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Re: Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2018, 11:15 AM »
Knott's is not about shopping. It's more about the rides and the food. But there actually are a few very nicely themed shops in the Ghost Town, which I will get to shortly.
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Re: Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town Exhibits (Blacksmith)
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2018, 11:48 AM »
Blacksmith



One of the first buildings put up in the Ghost Town in 1940 was the Blacksmith Shop.



The Blacksmith Shop was actually found on a farm a mile away and simply moved to the Ghost Town as is.



All the antique hinges, lamps, and various other metal objects seen in the shop were all made here by the farm's smithy.



To this day, the shop is a working blacksmith run by the farm's resident smithies. Smithing techniques are demonstrated throughout the day.



The blacksmith is also responsible for shoeing the horses for the Stage Coach attraction.



You can purchase a handmade horseshoe with your name forged on it.



A post with information about the Blacksmith Shop hangs out front.



A few other items you can have forged while you watch.



A band a ruthless gunslingers hangs out by the shop.
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Re: Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town Exhibits (Blacksmith)
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2018, 09:21 PM »
Nice picture of the gunslingers. Are they the guys who put on a 'shootout' show for the guests? (Or do they still do that?)

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Re: Knott's Berry Farm - Ghost Town Exhibits (Blacksmith)
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2018, 09:27 PM »
^ Yes, they still do that.
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