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#1 DesertHawk

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 05:57 PM

Just watching a repeat of Antique Roadshow in Spokane, one segment was showing an old wooden carousel. Got me remembering the one in St. Paul, the 1914 Cafesjian's Carousel at Como Park. Worth going to for sure if in the area. http://www.ourfairca...rg/history.html
http://www.comozooco.../carousel.shtml

Location...Cafesjian's Carousel is in St. Paul's Como Park, just south of the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and a few steps from the entrance to the conservatory and the zoo.


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Posted 21 September 2009 - 07:09 PM

This is a picture of a couple of wild riders on the Carousel at Sandwich on Cape Cod. They have weddings there and it would be something to see with a whole wedding party on the ride. Looks like we need to figure out how to shrink the pictur to less than 600kb. There's also antique carousels in the park near the state capital building in Hartford and at Gage Park in Topeka,KS. Mary Ann & Dick
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Posted 21 September 2009 - 08:30 PM

There's a great double-decker carousel at Casa de Fruta in central California. Also a grand one on the Santa Cruz Boardwalk where, last I knew, you could still catch the brass ring.
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Posted 21 September 2009 - 09:07 PM

On the Colorado-Kansas border in the town of Burlington:
http://www.kitcarson...tycarousel.com/

I have never been, but they have put a lot of work into restoration and it looks like it is a good one.
It was made by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company as stated in this Wikipedia entry:
http://en.wikipedia....ardens_Carousel
And was originally installed at the old Elitch Gardens in Denver.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 03:01 AM

I discovered this one at my first school picnic in 1949.
When the Forest Park Highlands burned to the ground in 1963, the carousel was the only thing the survived. It was donated it to St. Louis County Parks and restored 1987. A climate controlled building was constructed to house the carousel. It is located in Faust Park on Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, Missouri. Exit I-64 at the Chesterfield Mall. http://www.co.st-lou...el/carousel.htm

Found the Coolidge Park Carousel on my very first Casita trip.
Chattanooga is the home of two carousels. The one at the zoo was completed in 2008 and built around antique mechanicals but with all new decorations and animals.
http://history.amuse...om/tenncool.htm
http://www.fabuloust...ticle/391/21844
http://www.youtube.c...feature=related

My favorite is the Kit Carson County Carousel. Much is original and the restoration was meticulous in every detail. It is much smaller than some and the animals don't gallop but the Wurltizer Monster Military Band Organ makes it unique and at four for a dollar, tickets to ride are one of the world's last great bargains.
http://www.kitcarson...tycarousel.com/

http://www.youtube.c...feature=related

Edited by cnold, 22 September 2009 - 03:06 AM.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 04:38 AM

While watching the video above, I heard one woman say she was compiling a Carousel Census.
Here is the website:
http://www.nca-usa.org/NCAcensus.html

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:22 AM

Well, this is strange but I've heard more about carousels in the past month than in the past 15 years. They just keep coming up, a recent theme which is beginning to make me think I need to seek them out.

I just read a great book, American Gods by Neil Gaiman, where The House on the Rock, a roadside attraction in Wisconsin, is mentioned. I would say that, if you're a Stephen King fan, you'd love this book. If you can't stand anything remotely SciFi, skip it.

But - has anyone been to the House on the Rock? It sounds really kitschy but amazing. It supposedly features the world's largest carousel, chock full of odd mythological characters such as centaurs and griffins.


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Posted 22 September 2009 - 07:40 AM

There is also a nice one, not historic, in Salem, OR. It was hand carved by local volunteers with the guidance of an expert. It was finished in about 2000. I am not too sure of the date but friends of ours worked on it. It is a nnice park by the Willamette River. Visit it and enjoy.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 10:46 AM

Glen Echo Park - part of our National Park Services - in Maryland (between Bethesda and DC). They have a beautiful restored carousel. This is a place the families in the area used to go to before the advent of "theme parks" and super-ride amusement parks. It's still a great place to go with many things for families to do. There's also a nice carousel right on the D.C. "mall" in front of the Smithsonian "castle" building.
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 11:53 AM

There's a 100 year old grand carousel in Memphis, but you can't see it. The brilliant leadership of the city instead is spending $160,000 per year for round-the-clock security and now are planning to dismantle and put it into storage to prevent vandalism and deterioration. It has stood idle for several years, right across from the "(Zippin) Pippin" roller coaster (Elvis' favorite ride), since the closing of the local amusement park. All proposals for its relocation and use falls victim to bickering and cash shortages.

A local group is trying to prevent the dismantling and instead want it left where it is and put back into operation. Read about it HERE.

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 12:50 PM

During my college years North Carolina State in the 60's, one of my part time jobs was operating the carousel and driving the miniature train at Pullen Park which was adjacent to our campus. Good times.

http://www.nps.gov/h...raleigh/pul.htm

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:19 PM

There is one is at the James Fenimore Cooper Farm Museum in Cooperstown, NY. If you like Baseball the Baseball Hall of Fame is also there. Its a great area for a vacation with a lot to do and visit, its located in between the Catskill and Adirondack mountains of NY.

Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts has an oldie built in 1928 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Co w/66 hand carved horses on it



http://www.farmersmu...nd_country_fair

http://www.journalof.../featureSep.htm

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 01:35 PM

Kennywood Park, West Mifflin, PA outside of Pittsburgh. Kennywood also has one of the most famous wooden roller coasters in the country.
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Posted 22 September 2009 - 02:40 PM

While reading your replies, I remembered one at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, about 45 minutes south of Los Angeles and five minutes west of Disneyland. I checked & yes it was an old one:
One of the world's oldest working Dentzel Carousel, this 100-year-old treasure still revolves to the strains of its antique Band Organ. Climb aboard one of this menagerie carousel's 48 hand-carved animals including lions, tigers, ostriches, camels, zebras, giraffes, pigs, cats and, of course, horses.

I believe it was one of the earlies rides Knott's had. Rode on it in '68 and then again in 2007. May have gone it in the '90s as well, but can't remember for sure. I could not find a photo of it.
http://www.carouseln...i...mid=1&ed=37

Dentzel Carousels
http://www.dentzel.com/census01.htm

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 02:46 PM

A beauty in Meridian, MS. A Dentzel from the 1904 St. Louis Exposition. Owned by the city and has been fully restored with a value of more than a million dollars. Open to the public. Rides are 50 cents.

http://www.meridianm...pr_carousel.htm

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