One of the historical landmarks to see in Central Park is the Carousel. I used to come to this carousel when I was a little girl and continued to come even when I was in high school. There were days when we had classes that started after in the day so we would go to Central Park and explore the area. It was alot of fun. Even when school ended for the summer, some of us would get together and spend time at the carousel or just enjoy sitting on the benches and talking. Living in the city where I was close to everything of walking distance, I never gave it a thought on where things came from or why and how long have they been here. Now, as I have different perspective about things that I have seen, it brings me to wonder how long this carousel has been here.
Central Park has had a carousel since 1872. There have been several different carousels but a favorite of park-goers, the first Carousel remained in operation until 1924. It was powered by a mule and horse who walked in a hidden compartment underground below the attraction. The animals were trained to start and stop with a foot tap from the ride’s operator above ground. The next 2 carousels in the park were steam-powered and both destroyed by fire.
A search for a replacement model had begun and they found one abandoned in an old trolley terminal in Brooklyn’s Coney Island. Originally crafted in 1908 by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein, the current Carousel is one of the nation’s largest merry-go-rounds, featuring 57 hand-carved horses and two decorative chariots. While still in working condition, it is over 100 years old and has undergone many rounds of repair and maintenance.
Come and see the Carousel in Central Park and listen to the music and laughter of the children having FUN!. If you are in a romantic mood, take a carriage ride, and enjoy the beauty and the music in the park, it is breathtaking!
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