Kansas

 

Abilene

Abilene Parker

Heritage Center

Dickinson County

 

The Heritage Center is the proud home of a 1901 Abilene-made Parker portable, 2-row, track carousel with 24 jumpers (actually, rocking) and 4 chariots. The carousel was originally steam-driven, but it has now been converted to steam. The carousel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

The carousel traveled in one of Parker’s carnivals for many years after which it was purchased in 1928 by Jimmy Weisner who took the carousel around the country. In 1959, the carousel was purchased by Tom Knight who moved it to Riverton, Wyoming to set up at his drive-in theatre. In 1976, the Heritage Center purchased the carousel from Tom Knight’s widow.

 

The band organ is a de Kleist converted to run Wurlitzer 125 rolls.

 

The Heritage Center has more than the carousel. It has several historic buildings which have been moved to the site as well as a collection of other memorabilia from the Dickinson County area.

 

For information about operating times, access their web site at http://www.kansastravel.org/abileneheritagecenter.htm or call 785-263-2681.

 

For further information:

The National Carousel Association

https://carousels.org/USACensus/stdqueries/census-CLA.html

 

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Notice the track and wheels

 

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Original Steam Engine

 

 

Leavenworth

Parker Carousel Museum

 

The Parker Carousel Museum has a 1913 all wood, hand carved carousel and a 1950 Parker aluminum carousel (not shown here) as well as a circa 1850-1865 primitive carousel which is owned by the National Carousel Association, and a “health” playground-type carousel (see “History of the Carousel”).

 

1913 Parker #118 Carousel

This carousel is a 2-row portable with 27 jumpers, 2 racing rabbits, 1 chariot and 1 spinning tub. The carousel is wonderfully restored and maintained.

 

The carousel has been at the Parker Carousel Museum since 1997. Previously, it was in the Fred Shew Carnival from Grandview, Iowa from 1913 to 1957 after which it was at Ce-Mar Amusement Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from 1957 to 1968. From 1968 to 1989, the carousel was in storage at several locations until it was purchased by Jerry Frese of North Liberty, Iowa in 1989 who owned it until 1997.

 

The band organ is an Artizan A-X-1 using Wurlitzer 125 rolls.

 

For information on operating times, access their web site at http://www.firstcitymuseums.org/ of call 913-682-1331.

 

For further information:

The National Carousel Association

https://carousels.org/USACensus/stdqueries/census-CLA.html

 

 

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(L) Note the painting of C. W. Parker on the scenery panel. (R) Racing rabbits

 

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Parker was well known for his carvings behind the saddle. Corn was the most common as can be seen on the horse below.

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Artizan A-X-1 Band Organ

 

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This photo looks down on the ring gear to which are attached the craning mechanism that raises and lowers the jumpers.

 

Circa 1850-1865 Primitive Carousel

This carousel is a hand-cranked carousel owned by the National Carousel Association. Not much is known about this carousel other than it was at Gwynn Oak Park in Baltimore at some date before 1900 until 1979 when it was acquired by Sands Point Preserve in Port Washington, New York. The National Carousel Association rescued the carousel in 1997, and it is now on permanent loan and displayed at the Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth, Kansas.

 

There are 12 horses and 2 chariots.

 

For further information:

The National Carousel Association

https://carousels.org/USACensus/stdqueries/census-CLA.html

 

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The Crank Mechanism

 

 

Topeka

Carousel in the Park

Gage Park

 

In Gage Park resides a 1908 Herschell-Spillman 3-row carousel with 23 jumpers, 2 roosters, 2 rabbits, 1 deer (looks like a reindeer, Rudolph with is red nose), 2 pigs, 1 goat, 2 dogs, 1 camel, 2 zebras, and 2 chariots. The jumping mechanism is the grasshopper style.

 

The carousel was originally in Philadelphia but by 1947 it had moved to Longview Amus Park in Longview, Texas where it remained until 1957. It was in Boyles Joyland in Topeka from 1957 to 1987 when it moved to Gage Park.

 

The band organ is a Wurlitzer 125.

 

For information about operating times, access their web site at http://parks.snco.us/facilities/Facility/Details/109  or call 785-368-3838.

 

For further information:

The National Carousel Association

https://carousels.org/USACensus/stdqueries/census-CLA.html

 

 

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