Straight from the Ghost Town Jail - it's Sad Eye Joe! Quite possibly, Calico's most famous resident, Ol' Sad Eye, has been doin' time here at Knott's since 1940. Thousands of guests have stepped up to the jail window to have a chat with the horse thief - and many have walked away mystified at how that ornery critter knows their name! Hand-carved by Andy Anderson, Sad Eye Joe perfectly represents the down-home fun and handcrafted memories you can only find at Knott's Berry Farm. Now, Calico's famous inmate can make a break for it in this collector pin only available for a short time - grab one quick before he escapes!
Pin #5. $9.99
As a child, I would visit Sad Eye Joe and was amazed how much he knew about me. He greeted me by my name and knew what grade I was in at school. Little did I know, my dad was feeding info to the jailer who had the mic. The voice of Sad Eye Joe is housed in that green window under the TOWN JAIL sign.
He is a Knott's Berry Farm legend and original brain child of Walter Knott.
Photo courtesy Orange County Archives." From the Knott's Berry Farm Collection
Sad Eye Joe has been stuck in a small jail at Knott's Berry Farm since 1940. The wooden character was originally carved by Andy Anderson. He gets two hots and a cot and says he may try to escape when the food gets bad.
Joseph Nagnapper (his “real” name) was originally thrown in jail for stealing the Ghost Town sheriff’s horse – a horse so slow “he almost went backwards,” according to Joe.
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".