Back in 2010, a little book called Knott’s Preserved was released. It has a bit of a cult following among vintage theme park enthusiasts – so much so, in fact, that the entire first edition sold out. Used copies are often listed at $100 or more on Amazon. Yikes! I wanted a copy, but couldn’t justify the price tag.
Thankfully, Angel City Press released a revised and expanded second edition in 2015. I finally got my hands on a copy for Christmas.
Like every kid who grew up in Southern California, I went to Knott’s several times – and, once I was old enough, went to Knott’s Scary Farm a few times.
This book brought back SO many memories – and my mom even asked to borrow it once I’d finished reading it. Needless to say, it brought back memories for her, too.
I HIGHLY recommend Knott’s Preserved for theme park fans, roadside attraction enthusiasts, and Southern California locals (so many memories!).
And now I’m craving boysenberry jam…