Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Dreger Clock and Knott's Berry Farm

Longtime Southern Californians and visitors to Knott's Berry Farm may remember a fascinating multi-dial clock which was displayed at Knott's for over half a century.

At one point it stood in the Rose Garden, and it also spent time near the ticket booths.

That clock was built by Andrew Dreger Sr., the great-grandfather of a family friend, Glenn Frank, who discovered a while back that the clock had fallen into disrepair and been warehoused by Knott's. Glenn has been working ever since to have the clock restored and displayed once more in a prominent place in Buena Park.

The Buena Park Historical Society has played a key role in this effort, purchasing the Dreger Clock for restoration.

The work has paid off and on October 3, 2009, a dedication ceremony will be held at the clock's new home at 6631 Beach Boulevard, across the street from City Hall.

By coincidence, I learned today about a new book in the great Images of America series, KNOTT'S BERRY FARM: THE EARLY YEARS by Jay Jennings.

As it happens, Glenn mentions at the Dreger Clock website that Jay sent him a photo of the clock.

Jay's website is The Knott's Berry Farm Museum. I'll definitely be checking out his book.


Blogger ItsNotAPlace said...

Thanks for blog posting Laura, BTW... I know that Jay Jennings is doing a book signing of his new book at the Knott's Chicken restaurant this Saturday 12 noon till 2pm.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're very welcome! And congratulations. :)

It would be fun to attend the signing since I'd like to get the book...I have several other excellent entries from that publisher. Not sure I can do it but I'll keep it in mind. Thanks!

Best wishes,

9:36 PM  
Blogger ItsNotAPlace said...

We have a date for the dedication for the clock! It will be on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 11:30. You can download a flier with info about the event at

10:14 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks for the info about the flyer!

Best wishes,

10:36 PM  

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