• This is the appratus that controls the volcano. It was made by Henry Legari, and is operated by the gentleman turning the crank. (Sound effect by Bob Hilliard.)

Volcano, Knott's Berry Farm, Buena Park

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From the Knott's Berry Farm collection. There are no known copyright restrictions on this image. All future uses of this photo should include the courtesy line, "Photo courtesy Orange County Archives."

marlcal, jericl cat, Miehana, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. marlcal 73 months ago | reply

    The noise from the volcano used to really scare me, so that I hated going to the restaurant back in the 1940's. But the anticipation of the tasty fried chicken dinner was enough to get me past this obstacle. When they moved the volcano's location further away I was very relieved. As I got older, I loved watching the Devil cranking away.

  2. Bodie Bailey 73 months ago | reply

    There is that little devil I know so well, many an hour over the years.
    Very nice.

  3. Chill Bill [deleted] 72 months ago | reply

    Haha! To this day I still believe volcanoes are caused by "cranky" little devils! :)

  4. Dr. Disney Wizard 60 months ago | reply

    The caption sign above the enclosure reads — This is the apparatus that controls the volcano. It was made by Henry Legano, and is operated by the gentleman turning the crank. (Sound effect by Bob Halliard.)

    Referenced in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knott%27s_Berry_Farm#cite_note-5

    www.flickr.com/photos/franksvalli/ No and no. This shot, before fencing, shows the red painted little red man that was in the case "cranking" until the day it was demolished for Ghostrider construction. So, no it wasn't any smaller, and no it isn't still there.

  5. FranksValli 49 months ago | reply

    In the 80's or 90's they had a smaller devil cranking. I wonder if that's still there? Haven't been back since.

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