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In the 1920s, Walter Knott and his family sold berries from a roadside stand, which grew to include a restaurant serving fried chicken dinners. Within a few years, lines outside the restaurant were often several hours long. To entertain the waiting crowds, Walter Knott built a Ghost Town in 1940, using buildings relocated from real old west towns such as the Calico, California ghost town and Prescott, Arizona. In 1968, the Knott family fenced the farm, charged admission for the first time, and Knott's Berry Farm officially became an amusement park. Because of its long history, Knott's Berry Farm currently claims to be "America's First Theme Park."

The park gates now enclose six themed areas: The Ghost Town, Fiesta Village, The Boardwalk, Camp Snoopy, Wild Water Wilderness, and Indian Trails. There are numerous roller coasters, a parachute ride, train rides, stage coach rides, and numerous activities for the youngsters, teens, and adults.

There are also many on site restaurants, including the world's famous "Pink's Hot Dogs, but the Original Knott's Chicken Dinner House is the primary restaurant of choice.
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