Posted Monday, July 6, 2009 11:24 AM | Contributed by robotfactory
The 1909 carousel left Cleveland when Euclid Beach -- an oasis of rides and games, teen dances and family picnics -- closed in 1969. It whirled for nearly another three decades in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, before the Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit group, bought the 54 carousel horses at auction in 1997. The trust then sold the horses to Cleveland Tomorrow, which paid for their restoration and deeded them to the Western Reserve Historical Society for safekeeping. A dozen years later, aside from the four replicas built to fill out the 58-member herd, the horses still sit in storage.
Read more from The Plain Dealer.
Just to clear up a couple ofdetails:
The Carrousel (Euclid Beach Park's spelling) came to Euclid Beach Park in 1910.
The Trust for Public Land "angeled" the purchase of the entire Carrousel (the mechanism was part of the deal as well as the horses & chariots) on behalf ofCleveland Tomorrow, thanks to the efforts of the Euclid Beach Park Nuts (nowEuclid Beach Park Now) who spearheaded the efforts to save the Carrousel from being broken up at auction.
Read moe about the auction at:
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