Mission Models Return to Knott’s Berry Farm

Bob Weir displays a model of Mission Santa Barbara

In the early 50’s, Knott’s Berry Farm, an amusement park in Buena Park, California, commissioned a series of models of the California missions.  The models were displayed for many years, but were retired in 1998.

The mission models deteriorated in storage, but after a three-year restoration effort, they are now being placed on display once again.  The models were restored by Bob Weir, a veteran wood carver who has been employed at Knott’s for more than 20 years.

Each of the models – some as large as 12×12 feet – is displayed in it’s own small “hut.”

In addition to their historical and educational value, the models hold a sentimental attraction for many visitors who saw them as children.