Here's an early image of weird and wacky Haunted Shack, which opened at Knott's Berry Farm in 1954. Watching water run uphill was just one of the many optical illusions and strange phenomenon experienced by visitors to this attraction. Sadly, the Shack closed in 2000 and was demolished. Today a carnival ride called "Screaming Eagle" sits in its place. Luckily, the folks out in Calico have preserved their version of the Knotts' Haunted Shack, which you can still visit if you don't mind a trip to the Mojave. (Photo courtesy the Orange County Archives.)
The Brea Museum & Heritage Center will host an Open House on Oct. 27, 11am-2pm. Supervisor Bill Campbell will present for permanent display the Walter Johnson/Babe Ruth autographed baseball that was used during an exhibition game played at the Brea Bowl in 1924. Baseball and pop-culuture author Chris Epting will also be on hand. Admission is free.
Kai Weisser is getting close to finishing his history of the Huntington Beach Lifeguards for Arcadia Publishing. He's done a lot of digging to find not only good photos but also a great deal of solid history from contemporary sources. I can't wait to see the final product.
And speaking of Huntington Beach,... Newly appointed H.B. City Historian Jerry Person will join Native American storyteller Jacque Nunez to talk about the City's early history (and perhaps pre-history as well?) Oct. 27, 9am, at the Shipley Nature Center in Central Park, 17829 Goldenwest St. This is a free event.