Depression-era landmarks in Southern California: Knotts

<b><a href="http://www.knotts.com/">Knott's Berry Farm</a></b>, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, (714) 220-5200.<br>
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Depending on your definition, this could be the first theme park in America.<br>
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Though its first building went up in the 1920s and the ghost town didn’t go up until the 1940s, the enterprise’s signature Chicken Dinner Restaurant opened in 1934, and the Knott family began growing their signature boysenberries around the same time. Shown: Cordelia and Walter Knott.<br>
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Related story: "<a href="http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-trw-sanfrancisco8-2009mar08?parent=san-francisco&type=destinations">Exploring the Depression's artistic legacy in San Francisco</a>

( Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times )

Knott's Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, (714) 220-5200.

Depending on your definition, this could be the first theme park in America.

Though its first building went up in the 1920s and the ghost town didn’t go up until the 1940s, the enterprise’s signature Chicken Dinner Restaurant opened in 1934, and the Knott family began growing their signature boysenberries around the same time. Shown: Cordelia and Walter Knott.

Related story: "Exploring the Depression's artistic legacy in San Francisco

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