GhostriderOne of the top 10 Wooden Roller Coasters in the World
When Knott's Berry Farm set out to begin the largest project in the park's 78-year history, no one knew for sure what sort of legend they would resurrect.
They set out to build one of world's greatest thrill rides and the first major new attraction in nearly a decade. GhostRider would become one of the tallest, fastest and longest wooden roller coasters in the world.
The project, the largest in the park's 78-year history was initiated nearly five years prior to the completion. It altered the appearance of the Old West Ghost Town, California Marketplace and made a bold change to the appearance of the park's main drag Grand Avenue.
Cedar Fair:Shortly after the ground breaking Knott's Berry Farm was acquired by Cedar Fair L.P. based in Sandusky, Ohio, a company famous for their flagship park Cedar Point. The new management picked up where the Knott family left off and carried the project through to its completion on December 8, 1998.
The combination of a wooden coaster and the historic Ghost Town was a perfect fit. In fact, upon opening, GhostRider almost instantly earned the distinction of being called a world-class wooden coaster. Knott's Berry Farm and the Ghost Town would never be the same again... and all for the better.
The Ghostrider Story: It begins with a Union soldier during the Civil War who ventured out west following a tale of gold to be found in the California. Settling in the California boom town of Calico, this gentleman found work in the famous Calico mine.
What exactly happened to him is unknown, but according to local folklore this gentleman ventured into the Calico mine on horseback one dark night and never returned.
Following his mysterious disappearance locals' recall seeing something odd in the sky on dark, clear nights. The mysterious sightings appeared to be a ghost onboard a horse riding across the sky. So as the legend goes, the odd sightings became known... as the Ghostrider in the sky.