What in the world could a ghost town in the middle of the Mojave Desert and an amusement park in the middle of Orange County have in common? Surprisingly, Calico Ghost Town and Knott’s Berry Farm have many things in common, Walter Knott is the common thread of both of these Southern California attractions. Calico Ghost Town came to life in 1881 when the Silver King Mine was claimed, just eight short years later Walter Knott was born in 1889. Both the Town and Walter were born in California in San Bernardino County. When Walter was young he worked for a short time as a carpenter at Calico and his uncle John King was one of the founding partners in the mine that had his name and spurned the birth of Calico….