Orange County Almanac


Knott’s Berry Farm, which bills itself as “the oldest-living theme park,” will mark its 75th anniversary in January.

The park was established in 1920 on land park officials describe as “the birthplace of the boysenberry.”

Among its more popular attractions is the Calico Railroad, which is “held up” more than 10,000 times each year by actors.


Guests pan for real gold dust in the mine of Knott’s Ghost Town. About $70,000 worth of the dust is panned each year, park officials said.

Knott’s replica of Independence Hall is so accurate that Philadelphia’s Bicentennial Reconstruction Committee asked for the park’s plans when the original landmark’s blueprints could not be found.


The Huntington Beach Fire Department will host a Holiday Disaster Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in City Council chambers, 2000 Main St.

More than 20 vendors will sell earthquake- readiness packs, first-aid kits, emergency food and water supplies, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, tools and other items.

Free literature from nonprofit organizations on disaster preparedness will be available, and children can have their photo taken with “Surf City Santa.” Information: (714) 536-5980.