Knott's Berry Farm, California: The Early Years (Images of America Series) by Jay Jennings, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Knott's Berry Farm, California: The Early Years (Images of America Series)

Knott's Berry Farm, California: The Early Years (Images of America Series)

by Jay Jennings
     
 

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Before there was a Disneyland, there was Knott's Berry Farm. What started out in the early 1920s as a small, roadside berry stand in Buena Park, California, grew over the next 60 years into one of the most popular amusement parks in the world. Its founder, Walter Knott, along with his wife and family, knew no boundaries when it came to expanding his small berry

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Before there was a Disneyland, there was Knott's Berry Farm. What started out in the early 1920s as a small, roadside berry stand in Buena Park, California, grew over the next 60 years into one of the most popular amusement parks in the world. Its founder, Walter Knott, along with his wife and family, knew no boundaries when it came to expanding his small berry market and tearoom into the world-famous Chicken Dinner Restaurant and later adding his ultimate achievement, Ghost Town. This book documents the early history of Knott's Berry Farm, featuring over 200 rarely seen images.

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Title: From berry vines to the big time: Book chronicles Knott's Berry Farm's 'early years'

Author: Michael Mello

Publisher: OC Register

Date: 8/27/09

A new book by theme park historian Jay Jennings shows the old days at Knott's Berry Farm, pulling together hundreds of photographs to tell the story of Walter and Cordelia Knott, and their small roadside berry stand that grew into a famous restaurant, and a park that is now one of California's best-known attractions.

"Knott's Berry Farm: The Early Years" begins with photographs of Knott's Berry Farm founder Walter Knott's grandparents and his family history. It ends more than 100 pages of pictures later, with a portrait of Knott, noting how he lived in a double-wide trailer on the theme park's grounds until his death in 1981.

Jennings has a Web site he calls the Knott's Berry Farm Museum, where he shows off an impressive collection of Knott's memorabilia, which he says is one of the largest such collections in the country.

He is a native of Los Angeles and has been researching the history of Southern California's theme parks for 25 years. During that time, he became good friends with members of the Knott family and long-time Knott's Berry Farm employees.

"I hope my book brings back fond memories of when families visited Knott's Berry Farm and Ghost Town and the sheer fun and joy of walking up and down Main Street," Jennings said. "I also hope my book entertains and educates."

Trained in film during his college years, Jennings has also put together this video about the park's history, which includes rare footage.

Knott's Berry Farm: The Early Years retails for $21.99 and may also be purchased from Arcadia Publishing.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738569215
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
08/17/2009
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
249,716
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.35(d)

Meet the Author


Author, filmmaker, and amusement park historian Jay Jennings is a Los Angeles native who grew up in the 1970s, spending his weekends at various Southern California amusement parks. After graduating from Beverly Hills High School, he attended Columbia College of Film, after which he embarked on a successful career as a writer-director. Jennings has also spent the last 25 years researching the history of Southern California amusement parks, with an emphasis on Knott's Berry Farm. In addition, he owns one of the largest collections of Knott's Berry Farm memorabilia in the country.

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