The man-made landscape surrounding Knott's Boot Hill was artist Paul Von Klieben's last big project before his death. It's being demolished this week. (The south end of the construction walls is seen in today's photo.)
It looks like another blow to mid-century roadside signs in O.C. The City of Buena Park is on a mission to buy up and demolish the old motels in their tourism corridor. Just last week, I was just admiring the cool sign at the Franklin Motel as I drove along Beach Blvd. And now it's slated for demolition. Yes, many of these motels are slimy mudholes and hives of scum and villany. But the continuing loss of colorful, funky signage from our highways is pretty sad. Read more about Buena Park's plans in the Register. I particularly enjoyed the police officer's quote about replacing the motels with something positive, like,... maybe... a wax museum!
Movies On The Fox will present Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Special Edition,” on Thursday, July 12, 2007. (I think the special edition is the one where Richard Dryfuss shoots first.) The evening begins at 8:00 pm and includes a cartoon and a preview. The event takes place outdoors in the parking lot behind the Fox Fullerton Theatre, 512 N. Harbor Blvd., with the movie projected onto the back wall of the historic Fox. Bring your own chairs or blankets. Admission is free; however the hat will be passed for donations for the Fox.
Dave at the Daveland blog asked if I'd add him to my links, which I was happy to do. However, this spurred me to also add several other sites that regularly offer interesting peeks at the park's history. They're all filed under "Disneyland." Enjoy.