Prairie Rose Carousel
The Prairie Rose Carousel is a 1926, two-row, portable carousel with 20 jumpers and 2 chariots manufactured by Spillman Engineering. The horses are mainly the Country Fair style although most horses display some jewels. The carousel was beautifully and meticulously restored by Lonnie Halverson and Delores Berg. All the paint was stripped, new parts including tails, teeth, saddles and legs carved to replace the wood rot and then repainted. The carousel is housed in a beautiful climate-controlled building. The inside of each horse is also beautifully restored as can be seen in one of the photographs below.
Each horse has a name. If you visit the carousel you will get a flyer stating how each horse was named. For example. King Leo was named for the Wahpeton Lions Club, one of the major sponsors during the restoration project.
The carousel was originally located at Lee Funland that operated in the North Tonawanda, New York area from 1926 to 1954. The carousel was in storage in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota from 1974 to 1988. It has been at the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton, North Dakota since 1988.
The band organ is a Johnson Organ Company 125.
The carousel is located outside the zoo/nature center and can be visited without entering the zoo.
For information on opening times call 701-642-8709 or visit their web site at www.chahinkapazoo.org.
For further information:
The National Carousel Association
North Dakota Legendary
(L) Back of Chariot, Inside of a Rounding Board
(L) Inside Panels, Sweeps
Ticket Booth (L) and Band Organ