Today's images are both undated photos from the Wagon Camp at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. The black and white image comes from Mike Tucker and shows some his family enjoying the show (possibly The Wagonmasters). The second image was shamelessly swiped from M-M's fun LottaLivin' website. By the time I started seeing shows in the Wagon Camp (in the 1970s) it was being used for stunt shows rather than "singin' 'round the campfire."
Phil Brigandi will reprise his talk on the early history of Knott's at the next meeting of the Anaheim Historical Society, Tues., March 18, 7 pm at the Anaheim Ebell Club at Cypress and Helena St. Unlike some earlier versions of the talk, he'll be adding period images and film footage to the mix. It should be interesting and fun.
There's still no word on who will replace Phil as Orange County Archivist. If only I had a nickel for everyone who's asked me, incredulously, "They're not just going to give you the job?!?" I greatly appreciate the sentiment, but government hiring doesn't work that way. The job was posted, a group of finalists will be interviewed, and so forth. And it's probably good that it works that way. I just hope the "deciders" note that I've been involved in every aspect of Archives operations for almost 5 years; that I've run the place single-handedly since Phil left; that our patrons are happy; that I've brought important collections to the Archives; that I've done a ton of public outreach work, and that I know local history.