Around and round we go: carousels on our travels.

The Shell Factory, a North Fort Myers, Florida tourist attraction, restored a 1927 carousel that was moved from St. Augustine.  The twenty horses were sandblasted and repainted before being installed on new floorboards. Little is known about the original history of the ride, but before it was found in the basement of a Manistique, Michigan museum, it operated in the Fort Wayne Zoo in Indiana and in Wisconsin Dells.

Even though not a particularly big or historic carousel, we had to take a look.  We are not carousel aficionados, but I always enjoy them both for their folk art and the pleasure they bring to children.

Here are some of the ones we found in our travels.

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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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6 Responses to Around and round we go: carousels on our travels.

  1. Never occurred to me what a variety of carousels there exists. Some of these are beautiful and display amazing craftsmanship, but one or two of them are strangely creepy. I found the giant badger particularly disturbing!

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  2. Very interesting.. and also a wonderful way to present some history!

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  3. Quite a collection!🙂 I just love them!
    Have a good day and take good care of you!

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  4. Sue Slaght says:

    A wonderful collection of photos that brought a smile to my face. How amazing it will be to enjoy taking our grandchildren for an outing such as this in the future. I think when all of this is over we will have such an increased appreciation for freedom of movement.

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  5. Dave Ply says:

    That’s a lot of carousels. I think there’s a historic one around here somewhere, but its moved around some and I’m not sure where it is now. Amazing all the different things you’ve seen in your travels.

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