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Colorado’s Historic Carousels: Kit Carson County

by Alison Harder (10/23/08).

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Out of the two to three thousand wood carousels built in America there are less than 200 left. Most of the surviving carousels are on the East and West coasts. Colorado has five that together tell a fascinating story of Americas carousels. The Kit Carson County carousel is Colorados oldest carousel, a national landmark, often called the Jewel of American carousels.” It is the only carousel in America that still has all of its original paint and the only surviving menagerie carousel from the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, once the premier builder of carousels in America. The carousels Wurlitzer Monster Military Band Organ is the only one left like it in the world-still in its original cabinet and still playing the music it played almost a century ago.

This video is shown with the permission of the Colorado Carousel Society. The Carousel Society’s mission is to save and preserve America’s antique wooden carousels. Contributions can be sent to the Colorado Carousel Society, 7061 South Quince Street, Englewood 80112.

Producer-Mary Brenneman

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One Response to “Colorado’s Historic Carousels: Kit Carson County”

  1. Morris Cook says:

    Hello Mary,

    Thank you for reponding to my message…with such a wonderful treat! I’ve bookmarked this page so I can show the rest of my family and friends. Will it always be accessible? May I purchase a copy?

    Thank you, too, for visiting my web site to see my sculpture.

    Take care,

    Morris

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