Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel #18, Syracuse, NY

carousel10My rule #7: Choose a direction, not a destination.  We deliberately choose the less travelled road and often an unexpected discovery charms us.

Alie’s sister Michelle, who was with us, had to fly back to Costa Rica.  Not wanting to do anything tiring before her flight, we wandered into Syracuse’s shopping mall, Destiny U.S.A.

As often happens, we stumbled into an unexpected and unknown (to us) delight: the Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel #18.  It sits on the second floor of the mall in an area clearly built to show it off.

carousel7Carved and manufactured in 1909 in Germantown, Pennsylvania, the carousel was first used in Louisville, Kentucky then Worcester, Massachusetts and then Erie Pennsylvania.  Master carver Leo Zoller was paid $1000 for a year’s work to carve the 42 horses.

carousel6The carousel was refurbished by the company in the 1920s before going to Long Branch Park in Syracuse, New York and then Roseland Park in Canandaigua in 1941 where it was used for 43 years until the park closed in 1985.  The Pyramid Companies of Syracuse purchased it, took two years to restore it, and moved it to the current location in October 1990.

A hand-carved carousel horse may not have the same asthetic characteristics of a statue in a European museum, an ancient marble Roman copy of a Greek work by an unknown artist. But I am pleased to see one anyway.  I am pleased to find it in a place that doesn’t make the pages of a New York or L.A. newspaper.  I am thrilled to see it still in use making a child happy.

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About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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5 Responses to Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel #18, Syracuse, NY

  1. Marjorie Ewell says:

    What a wonderful travel log. I love merry go rounds and as a child in South Jersey I got to visit a number of them. Ocean City had one that gave the rings from an arm that swung out till the gold ring was taken and still is running on one of the piers, Asbury Park had a wonderful one that had it;s own circular building, Wildwood had one and there is still one at the Historic Towne of Smithville where I had my rock shop. They used to carve the horses in the building my shop was in. The old ones are particularly beautiful – majestic in their designs. Thanks Ray for a good story.

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  2. ralietravels says:

    Thanks Marjorie. We sas one in Missoula, Montana a few years ago that still offers the brass rings. I did a painting of a girl reaching for the brass ring, but it wasn’t one of my better works.

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  3. My wife Peggy loves carousels. We never pass up an opportunity to see one. Thanks. 🙂 –Curt

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