- Walter Knott
Walter Marvin Knott (
December 11, 1887– December 3, 1981) was an American farmerwho created the Knott's Berry Farm amusement parkin California.
In the 1920s, Walter Knott was a somewhat unsuccessful farmer, whose fortunes changed when he nursed several abandoned
berryplants back to health. The hybrid boysenberry, named after its creator, Rudolph Boysen, was a cross between a blackberry, red raspberry and loganberry. The huge berries were a hit, and the Knott family sold berries, preserves and pies from a Buena Park, Californiaroadside stand. In 1934, Knott's wife Cordelia (née Hornaday, January 23, 1890– April 12, 1974) began serving fried chicken dinners, and within a few years, lines outside the restaurant were often several hours long.
To entertain the waiting crowds, Walter built a Ghost Town in 1940, using buildings relocated from Old West towns. Even after
Disneylandopened in 1955 a mere 8 miles away, Knott's Berry Farm continued to thrive. Walt Disneyand Walter Knott are rumored to have had a cordial relationship; it is known that they each visited the other's park, and they were both members of the original planning council for Children's Hospital of Orange County. Early additions to the farm included a narrow gauge railroad, a San Franciscocable car, a Pan-for-Gold attraction, the Calico Mine Train dark rideand a log flumeride. In 1968, the Knott family fenced the farm, charged admission for the first time, and Knott's Berry Farm officially became an amusement park.
Because of his interest in American pioneer history, Knott purchased and restored the real
silver miningghost town of Calico, Californiain 1951. In 1966, he deeded Calico to San Bernardino County, California.
Walter remained active in the operation of Knott's Berry Farm until the death of Cordelia in 1974, at which point he turned his attention toward political causes,Fact|date=July 2007 leaving day-to-day park operations to his children. He is buried at Loma Vista Cemetery in
The Knott family today no longer owns the theme park; it has since been sold to
Cedar Fair. Additionally, ConAgranow carries the "Knott's Berry Farm" brand of jamand jelly.
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