Knott’s Berry Farm – Buena Park, California
Knotts berry farm is not actually a farm but a 160 acre theme park based in Buena Park, California. The theme park is said to be one of the most visited parks in United States of America and is currently ranked on 13th in terms of popularity. It has around 10,000 employees, according to recent stats.
The park is owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment and its attendance is steadily increasing on an annual basis.
Knotts berry farm features around 40 rides. The rides include family rides, children rides, water slides, roller coasters and more. It has further plans of increasing the number of rides in near future. The park can be accessed through personal or public transport.
The theme park acquired its name from berry farm, which was established by Walter Knott and his family. Knott used to sell berries and its preserves from a roadside stand along the State route 39.
The initial phase of the park and the struggle of the Knotts started in 1939. Mr. Knotts started selling friend chicken at his own property to hungry travellers. He further setup other shops and hired a few men. After some time more dishes were added and the attractions were further increased to include rides and gardens.
In 1940s, Knotts started building a small ghost town on his property. He further added other attractions and started charging admission fees from the visitors.
The tourists started to flock in and thus the berry farm was turned into a recreation spot with rides and roller coasters.
After the death of Knotts and his wife in 1990, their children sold the family business of theme park and food to Cedar Fair and Conagra foods. The food business was later shutdown however Cedar fair built upon the farm and added new attractions from time to time.