The Calico Mine Ride, designed and built by Bud Hurlbut in 1960, was the first real "dark ride" at Knott's Berry Farm and is still surprisingly effective today. The photo above, (courtesy the Orange County Archives,) shows the "bottomless" cavern as it originally appeared. It's amazing what can be done with gunnite, no?
The Santa Ana Historic Preservation Society's (SAHPS) next salvage sale will be held Sept. 22nd, 10am-2pm, at the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle House and Medical Museum, 120 Civic Center Dr., Santa Ana. (Across from the Old Courthouse.) They need storage space, so expect deep discounts on vintage materials saved from several older homes unfortunately slated for demolition. Items include doors, windows, wood trim, hardware, etc., etc. Santa Ana residents will get a discount with proof of residence.
The SAHPS will hold their 10th annual historical cemetery tour Oct. 20th at Fairhaven Memorial Park. Click through for more information.
As part of the City of Westminster's 50th Anniversary celebration, the Westminster Historical Society will hold a car show on Oct. 13, 9am-3pm, at Blakey Historical Park, 8612 Westminster Blvd. Free admission and parking for the public. For information, call (714) 334-7550.
I'm starting to hear rumblings of support for the threatened Wintersburg properties I wrote about Saturday. I can't say more than that yet, but maybe there's hope if we can get a grass-preservation effort going.