“one historic carousel”
Because PTC No.6 was stationary and didn't have the "excitement" of a jumper carousel...where the animals went up and down as well as around...the manufacturer made it one of the country's fastest merry-go-rounds. It twirls its riders at a breath-taking 12 mph, compared with the average carousel speed of 8 mph. The carousel itself was manufactured in 1905 for Elitch Gardens, an amusement park in Denver. The carousel was operated at Elitch Gardens every summer until 1928, when it and the band organ were sold to Kit Carson County for $1,200 (including delivery to Burlington). The county commissioners who approved the carousel's purchase, C.J. Buchananm G.W. Huntley and I.D. Messenger, were widely criticized for this "extravagant expentiture" during hard times. As a result, Huntley did not seek re-election in 1928. Buchanan lost in the primary that year, just three weeks before the recently purchased carousel opened in Burlington for the first time. I.D. Messenger was not up for re-election in 1928, but he was defeated when he ran again two years later.
Definitely check the open dates before you stop. We didn’t. But cute town.
Closed from Memorial Day to Labor Day. You can only see a bit of the carousel through a set of windows as it is enclosed.
Great stop. the history of this carousel is very interesting with friendly staff who are willing to share. kids loved the ride and for only .25 you can't beat it. the museum looked interesting too we just didnt have time to stay.
Really cool stop! It truly takes you back to yesteryear with the 25 cent ride and little county fair surrounding it. Definitely worth checking out!
Great little pitstop! The carousel was really impressive. Beautiful colors & designs. It costs $.25 to ride & $1 to tour the museum.
Great little museum and so cheap. Great way to get out and stretch. There is a huge community playground and park nearby for the kids to run around.
Absolutely loved this stop! The staff is incredibly friendly, this history is riveting, and the ride is quite the quirky-gig!
Was a great break. Not far off the highway and interesting. Courasel was beautiful, full of history, and pretty fast. Only runs every 30 minutes, on the hour and half hour.
We almost decided not to stop...but I am so glad we did! Only 25 cents to ride, and only $1 to walk through the museum. What a treat it was to ride such a beautiful carousel with an organ that sounded heavenly! If you’re a kid at heart, you must stop here!
Incredible detail and history to this antique carousel. Courteous staff. Excellent stop with a fantastic nearby park. Highly recommended for families.
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Kit Carson County Carousel
- Sun - Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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