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.
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