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The Historic Carousel at the Woodland Park Zoo

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Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

 

For lovers of historic carousels, the Woodland Park Zoo has one of the best.  Enclosed in a special building, the carousel has been lovingly restored and it is a museum quality attraction that you can ride.  This ride was built in 1918 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company for the Cincinnati Zoo.  The carousel is 50 feet in diameter and has 48 hand-carved horses and two gorgeous chariots.  For two dollars, you can have a delightful spin on this historic amusement ride.

Here are a few facts about the carousel:

History of the Woodland Park Zoo Carousel:

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

The air-conditioned and solar-powered pavilion housing the carousel

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

One of the two elaborate chariots

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

This flag draped horse is really colorful and unique

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

In researching the history of this carousel,   I noted that several carousel historians commented on this one-of-a-kind pair of griffins adorning this saddle

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

 

This magnificent dark blue horse sports a white rabbit draped on the saddle. 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

This horse with the cute dog on it was one of my favorites on the carousel

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

The clown on this horse is really cute

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

One of my favorite horses sported a magnificent lion (see detail photo below)

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

This light gray stallion with a mythical sea monster shield caught my attention

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

 

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

The Indian chief and the quiver of arrows stand out on this slate blue horse

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

The dark and light colors on this horse were really stunning

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

 

Woodland Park Zoo Carousel

 

I hope your enjoyed the photos of this magnificent carousel. 

 

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