C.W Parker Carousel and wheel.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009 3:52 PM

I went to crossroads village in genesee county Michigan this sunday. and did a photo report on it.

http://coasterbuzz.com/Forums/Thread/56355.aspx

I am not sure, but is this last of the c.w parker wheels?

Also, they (crossroads village), said that they were the only ones to have both a c.w parker wheel, and carousel in the same spot.

The wheel is the exact type and size wheel that ran at cedarpoint in the 40's.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 4:58 PM

Nice. That Mangels pony cart ride is cute as can be, what a bargain. Does that wheel run very fast? From the photos it appears to have some speed, the cars seem to be flying out a little.

That county fair seems to have a nice midway. Any idea who was the supplier?

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 5:15 PM

Yea, That wheel was cruising. One of the fastest I have seen.

The carnival was mid america shows.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 5:31 PM

I thought the carousel at the Grand Rapids Public Musuem was but its a Spellman from 1928. They are new one of sorts at Silver Beach Michigan funded by Whirlpool to leave a legacy of the old Silver Beach amuesment park. Did you happen to get to see the train that the Polar Express was modeled after at Crossroads?

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 7:03 PM

Yea.

It was actualy right behind thomas. It was pushing him.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 8:04 PM

There is a C.W. Parker carousel operating in St. Augustine FL. I rode it a few years back on a trip to the Castillo de San Marcos, and (maybe) even did a brief TR?

For all your carousel questions, I recommend bookmarking http://www.nca-usa.org/index.html

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009 8:07 PM

Funny you mention that gator.

While at crossroads village, they had some booklets on NCA. Yep, I grabbed one.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 4:01 PM

As I recall, the carousel at Crossroads was last at a park in Riverside County, CA. The Parker Coach Wheel had been the property of the family that owned the former Rocky Springs Dentzel carousel (which was operated at the former Lake Lansing site for a while, then later as a concession at Dollywood). They sold the wheel to Crossroads.

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