Although there are 5 classic carousels in Missouri, we have only visited one carousel.
The Saint Louis Carousel
Faust County Park
This carousel is a 1921 Dentzel 4-row carousel that is beautifully maintained. There are 46 jumpers, 16 standers, 4 deer and 2 chariots. The carousel is housed in a beautiful building. There is no band organ.
The original location of the carousel is not known, but it was in Forest Park Highlands from 1929 to 1963. The Forest Park Highlands amusement park was destroyed by fire in 1963, but the carousel escaped major damage. After spending 2 years in storage, it was purchased by Howard C. Ohlendorf who donated it to the St. Louis County Department of Parks and Recreation. It opened in 1965 in Sylvan Springs County Park in St. Louis where it remained until 1979 at which time funds were raised to restore the carousel and place it in a beautiful climate-controlled building in Faust County Park in 1987.
When we visited, the music was recorded and barely discernible although there is a Stinson 165 on site.
For information on operating times, access their web site at www.stlouisco.com/parks/carousel or call 324-615-8345.
For further information:
The National Carousel Association
Stinson 165 Band Organ