Steam Powered Carousel

Dakota Life - 11/01/1998

"""Carousel"" If you listen closely on a summer day outside Madison, you can hear the sound of tinkling music and children’s laughter. No, it’s not a ghost, it’s a steam-powered carousel, possibly the only one in operation today. Purchased by Prairie Village in 1966, the carousel was built by the Herschell Spillman Co. in 1893. The unit was stored from 1917 until it came to Prairie Village. Everything on the carousel is original, from the paint on the 22 horses and two chariots to the steam engine that runs it. The carousel even works the old-fashioned way – by rocking back and forth, not moving up and down. Today volunteers run the carousel in the summer months, bringing a bit of history and fun to young and old alike."


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