Knott’s Berry Farm & Ghost Town Chicken Dinner Restaurant Menu

This menu, from the famed Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California was probably published in the late ’60s.

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Merry-Go-Round Cafes

In 1930 a chain of “revolutionary”cafes opened in the West. Gustav and Gertrude Kramm’s idea of an cafe that served food on a rotating conveyor belt would be a smash hit and fade away in a short time. The very first Merry-Go-Round Cafe location opened on January 1, 1930 at 245 East First Street in Long Beach, California Revolving…

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University Club of Los Angeles New Year’s Dinner, 1935 – Los Angeles, California

New Year’s Dinner University Club New Year’s Day Telephone “Custer” the number of reservations you will want for Dinner after New Year’s Game – Trinity 8651 Many of your friends have already made their reservations. Service from 5:30 to 8:30 P.M. $1.25 per person.

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Lehr’s Greenhouse – San Francisco & San Diego, California

“DINE IN A GARDEN IN FULL BLOOM” Lehr’s Garden Restaurant opened at 740 Sutter St., San Francisco in November, 1972. Housing both a full florist shop and restaurant, the glass-enclosed “dining spa” was designed to look like and actually be a greenhouse. By the time restaurant opened, the proprietor Murray Lehr had been a part…

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Carolina Pines and Carolina Pines, Jr. – Los Angeles, California

The original Carolina Pines restaurant opened in either 1923 or 1924 or 1925 (even the restaurant would use all three years in their advertising) at 4619 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. The proprietor, Rose Satterfield, opened the small cafe and tea room in with a seating capacity of just 12 people. Rose Satterfield was described by the Los Angeles Times…

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She Doesn’t Even Want to Be Buried in Detroit

Mailed from Los Angeles, California to Mr. George A. Neumann of Detroit, Michigan on March 3, 1922: Dear Bro Called on Effie Walch today and had a nice little visit with them. They just love it out here. Mrs. Walch said she doesn’t even want to be buried in Detroit, she a real good memory…

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1909 Portola Festival – San Francisco, California

April 18, 1906. A date that no San Franciscan at that time would ever forget. The fires that raged on for three days after added to the devastation and destruction. The events of those days  could have wiped the town off the face of the Earth, but San Franciscans had resolve.Nearly 500 blocks, numerous business and homes…

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I Didn’t Know Which Bank To Rob

Mailed from Sacramento, California to Mr. J.B. Hosmon of Oroville, California on September 7, 1934: Dear J.B. – Sorry you can’t come this week end to bet, I didn’t now whether you were serious about trusting me to place your bets and being very honest I didn’t know which bank to rob. Amorett & I…

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