Photo: Kevin Burkett (shared via Wikimedia Commons)
Where can you see horses, goats, reindeer, a lion, and a tiger, all in one place? No we aren’t talking about a visit to the zoo, we’re talking about the landmark Dentzel Carousel in Logansport.
Built c.1900, the carousel has delighted generations of riders, who can select from 43 animals hand-carved by artisans at Gustav Dentzel’s carousel company in Philadelphia. As the carousel spins, riders reach for a brass ring, which earns the lucky person who grabs it a token for a free ride.
The carousel, originally in Fort Wayne, relocated to Logansport in 1919. Today, the National Historic Landmark is one of only three complete Dentzel menagerie carousels in the country (others are in the Indianapolis Children’s Museum and Mississippi).
Lead horse Princess Logan—the only animal with a name—leads riders past oil-painted panels depicting historic scenes from Cass County life.
Photo: shared on Flickr by Foxytocin
The carousel was restored in 1993 to repair the effects of nearly a century of outdoor operation. In 1999, the carousel got a protective all-weather enclosure that makes it usable year-round.
The carousel is open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day in Logansport’s Riverside Park. Private group reservations are available year-round. Take a holiday spin for just 75 cents a ride on Friday and Saturday, December 28 and 29, 2012, when the carousel will be open 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 574-753-8725 or visit www.casscountycarousel.com.
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