When many consider the American amusement park, they conjure images of Coney Island around 1900; others might think of the highly themed Disneyland of 1955, or even of one of the newer corporate amusement parks like Six Flags dating from the 1960s and 70s. Yet, since the 1970s, one of the consistently top ten parks in the United States has been Knott’s Berry Farm, the curious emanation from a Depression-era fruit stand and chicken restaurant located on a country road in rural Orange County, twenty-five miles east of Los Angeles, which somehow morphed into a major amusement park.