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Slater Memorial Park
The Looff Carousel was built in 1895 by Charles I.D. Looff. This is a stationary carousel (the "jumping" mechanism wasn't invented until 1888). What this carousel lacks in motion, it makes up for in speed (considered the fastest Looff made). Originally at Lee Funland in upstate NY, it was moved here in 1910. The carousel closed in 1967 and the city put the carousel up for sale in 1971. Miraculously, it was saved through community efforts and fully restored and reopened in 1979. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This carousel has three rows with 42 horses, three dogs, one camel, one giraffe, one lion and two chariots. The horses have horsehair tails and many have detailed blanket rolls. It also features a band organ from 1910 (North Tonawanda #109).
|Atlantic Beach Park Carousel|
The Atlantic Beach Park Carousel is a mish-mash of carousel styles. The three-row carousel is built on a two-level 1915 Herschell-Spillman platform. This carousel was brought here in around 1988 from Rocky Point Amusement Park which went out of business. The horses had been sold off and replaced with modern aluminum ones. Some of the Herschell horses were bought back and installed here. Some of the horses and the two chariots, carved by Illions around 1920, came from the carousel that was previously installed here.
There is a restored and functioning, Wurlitizer band organ next to the carousel from about 1920. There are also some nice old kiddie rides in the building as well.
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