Show Us The Most Incredible Carousels

The Riverview Carousel at Six Flags Over Georgia is gorgeous!
It was built in 1908 and was originally in the Riverview Park in Chicago.
According to it’s signage, it’s one of the few remaining five abreast carousels.

The four inner rings of horses “leap” while the outer ring is stationary. There are also a couple of chariots.

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Jane’s Carousel - Brooklyn, NY

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Looff Carousel - Spokane

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Portland’s Jantzen Beach Carousel is undergoing restoration while it searches for a new home.


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Wow I had no clue there was an organization. Thanks for sharing and the info

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There is a wonderful carousel in Albany, Oregon, a small town off the 1-5 corridor, between Corvallis and Salem. Building the carousel has been a real community-driven project, and all the animals and decorations are hand carved and hand painted. It runs on a restored 1909 mechanism. Very neat :slight_smile:

https://albanycarousel.com/

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There is a wonderful museum dedicated to the history of carousels. The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol CT. they have amazing pieces.

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These are lovely! Thank you for sharing!

Many happy memories. I can remember riding the Efteling carrousel with my granddad som 60 years ago, with my sons, an with my grandson.

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Ford’s Greenfield Village has a Carousel by the same builder.

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The Carrousel des Mondes Marins in Nantes, a three story steampunk style carousel themed around the marine life

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The House on The Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin has a magnificent carrousel in one of its galleries surrounded by Angels!

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Atlas obscura has an entry in House on the Rock with pix. Seen in action on the American Gods tv show- beginning of season 2.
It is one of the biggest indoor carousels in the world, has many wonderful animals ( but no horses!)
Don’t think it actually opens a hole in the universe into Asgard with Odin and the other Old Gods , like in the show.
But they don’t allow rides , so who knows?

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The Dentzel Carousel in Meridian Mississippi is on the National Register of Historic Places. Manufactured in 1896 by Gustav Dentzel, its one of the few remaining from its era with the building being the only original design remaining.

https://www.meridianms.org/city-departments/parks-and-recreation/dentzel-carousel/

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I live in Brooklyn, which has a lot of great carousels, but it’s the one at the Miami Beach Faena Hotel that really stuck with me. It’s an art installation of fur and glass creatures by Raúl de Nieves titled “When I look in to Your Eyes I See the Sun.” Here’s a phone video I took. You can learn more about it here.

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Just touring The House on the Rock is like a visit to another plane of existence. The over flowing mind of another. The carrousel is just one grand facet.

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Spent some time in Meridian a few years ago, sad to have missed this! There is a gypsy graveyard there where the Queen of the Gypsies (I want to say from the 1950s) is buried. Her grave, like many of the other gypsy graves, is covered in little tokens of remembrance (coins, bottle caps, stones) and often features a bottle of liquor so that you can have a drink with the spirit of the dead, from what I understand.

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I adore the Pullen Park Carousel in Raleigh, NC, which dates from about 1900, making it one the earliest Dentzels still in operation. It contains 52 hand-carved wooden animals (chief carver Salvatore Cernigliaro): 30 horses, as well as ostriches, cats, rabbits, pigs, a lion, a tiger and a goat. Music was originally was produced by a Wurlitzer band organ (wish it still was).

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Have no pictures and don’t know a whole lot about it, but in the small town of Hull, Massachusetts, on Nantasket Beach, there used to be a big amusement park called Paragon Park, with roller coaster and all kinds of rides and arcades. Some years ago, it was dismantled for condos, but they saved the carousel and it is still there, operating, across the street from Nantasket Beach. Wish I had a picture–there must be some people who have a picture?

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The Carousel of Happiness, Nederland, CO, USA. https://www.carouselofhappiness.org Was constructed using framework and running gear of an 1910 carousel from Utah; animal carvings are all recent, carved by local Vietnam War vets. Indoor carousel, a great place to visit…truly a happy place!Carousel%20of%20Happiness

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