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Walter KNOTT & Cordelia HORNADAY
Posted by: Vi Parsons (ID *****4643) Date: January 26, 2006 at 19:27:19
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The owners of Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California were Walter KNOTT & Cordelia HORNADAY. Their story is published in THE KNOTT STORY by Terry Tebbs in The Marchant Mint Library collectible; from the Twentieth Century Coined Commerative Collection of Great Americans. This is a small hardbound book about 4" x 5 1/2".
A 1 1/2" coin with an impression of Walter & Cordelia is embedded in the front cover of the book. The back of the coin is visible on the inside cover and is inscribed "Knott's Berry Farm, Since 1920."
My copy is signed by Virginia M. KNOTT.

The book tells the story of Walter & Cordelia and mentions Walter's parents Elgin & Virginia. It gives details about the family and how they purchased the land which became Knott's Berry Farm. There are photos of Walter & Cordelia and the Knott's Ghost Town.

I visited Knott's Berry Farm many times in the early 1960's. Admission was free then and we enjoyed sitting in the "Wagon Train Circle" around the campfire on Saturday evenings to listen to the cowboy music. The Amusement Park was added later and admission costs have soared. The book does have a section about the amusement park.

Walter KNOTT died Dec 3, 1981. In another 8 days he would have been 92 years old.


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