Walter Knott

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Birthday
11, 1889
Birthplace
San Bernardino, CA
Death Date
Dec 3, 1981 (91)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
11, 1889
Birthplace
San Bernardino, CA
Death Date
Dec 3, 1981 (91)

About

Best remembered for founding the famous Knott's Berry Farm theme park, this California berry farmer and pie and preserves merchant also opened a popular restaurant.

Before Fame

Early in his career as a farmer, he grew a type of large berry known as the hybrid boysenberry.

Trivia

He made an appearance in a 1950s episode of the Groucho Marx-hosted program You Bet Your Life.

Family Life

He was born in San Bernardino, California, and raised in the nearby city of Pomona. His marriage to Cordelia Hornaday resulted in a son named Russell and daughters named Virginia, Toni, and Marion.

Associated With

He and Walt Disney both opened successful Southern California theme parks during the middle of the Twentieth Century.