Knott's Berry Farm Theme Park
Situated on 160 acres of former farmland in northwestern Orange County, America's oldest independently owned theme park derives its particular flavor from old-fashioned charm and Old West atmosphere, rather than from the make-believe magic of later generations of theme parks.In the 1920s Walter Knott arrived in California with his family and established a berry farm and roadside stand here on 20 acres of rented land. By 1928 Knott had established the Berry Market and Tea Room, where, to supplement the family income during the Great Depression, his wife, Cordelia, began selling chicken dinners for 60 cents. The tea room grew into an immensely popular restaurant, and in 1940 Knott constructed a replica Old West town to amuse the lines of hungry patrons waiting to get in. Other attractions and retail shops were added over the ensuing decades, and today Knott's comprises a wide variety of relocated or replicated historic structures, along with 165 rides, shows and attractions.