Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Santa Cruz Boardwalk Carousel

This is a beautiful Carousel, I was able to get some great shots of the teams of horses on it. There were rows of Greys, blacks, whites, and palamino. It's an all horse Carousel. I have of course included a little history about the Carousel from the National Carousel Association.

Description: Looff
Carousel Class: Classic Wood Carousel
Last Update: 2006
Status: Active
Year Built: 1911
Type: 4 rows, Park, All Wood composition
Figures: 71 Jumping Horses, 2 Standing Horses, 2 chariots
Music: Band Organ: Ruth und Sohn 1894 orig. equip.
Notes: Operational Ring Arm, Still In Original Location, Listed in the National Historical Register - 1987
Comments: Restored 1980 by SC Boardwalk ongoing restoration. Some horses from Myrtle Beach, SC and Belmont Park, San Diego (1978).
History: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA, 1911 to present

The Looff Carousel includes a brass ring dispenser, which riders can reach out and try to collect during each pass. Riders can then toss any ring they get at a target. Along with the Crescent Park Carousel in Rhode Island, the Riverfront Park Carousel in Washington, and the Grand Carousel in Pennsylvania, the Santa Cruz Looff Carousel is one of the last remaining carousels that offer this feature. Sometimes people take the rings to remember their ride on the Carousel.
The Looff family was one of the major early manufacturers of carousels, including this 1911 example. Only five other intact Looff carousels remain in the United States.

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