Hurlbut, who died yesterday at the age 92 according to a Knott's statement, created the park's iconic Timber Mountain Log Ride and Calico Mine Ride.
Built 20 years before Disneyland opened Splash Mountain, Knott's Log Ride set the standard for log flume rides around the world, by incorporating a basic flume ride within a full-sized mountain, complete with theme, scenery and storytelling.
Hurlbut's Calico Mine Ride also helped establish Knott's bona fides as a world-class theme park and not simply a collection of standard amusement thrill rides.
Of course, some will argue that Knott's current owners - Cedar Fair - have moved away from the park's original model and more toward standard amusement rides. But that should in no way diminish Hurlbut's work, which has influenced and inspired designers at Disney, Universal and throughout the theme park industry.
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