“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.
Fun little stop! Only runs every 1/2 hour so be aware when you stop. Only .25 to ride and super beautiful and very fun historical ride. One of the fastest carousels I’ve ever ridden. Fun family stop.
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.
Totally worth the 20 min stop—absolutely stunning craftsmanship and artistry on the carousel. Makes you feel 6 again.
This carousel is closed until further notice FYI as of July 21,2020. Go to old town museum. We loved that. Relieved the disappointment of this being closed after driving from Indiana.
We were afraid we had missed the 3 pm ride and almost didn’t go. We decided to go ahead and try and the operator was giving a talk about the history when we pulled up. We were able to catch some of his talk and ride. It is a beautiful piece and does go much faster than you would expect! So glad we made it!
Great quick stop with the kiddos! Pretty landscaping for a picnic too and clean bathrooms! Beautiful carousel and friendly informative staff!
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Kit Carson County Carousel
- Sun - Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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