Magazine article Sunset

Colorado's Historic Carousels

Magazine article Sunset

Colorado's Historic Carousels

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Riding the painted ponies of summer

* A snake twines around the neck of a vivid yellow giraffe; a horse wears trappings styled after Napoleonic cavalry gear. The Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington, Colorado, is famous for its meticulous detail--not to mention a mighty Wurlitzer Monster Military Band Organ. What better time than the hot, lazy days of August for a breezy spin on one of summer's most magical machines?

This rare carousel, built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC), is worth the 150-mile drive east from Denver. But it hasn't always received the attention it deserves. Shortly after its purchase in 1928, the carousel closed during the Great Depression. It operated in a state of semi-disrepair from 1937 until 1975, when preservationists restored it. Today it is the oldest remaining PTC model, still gleaming in its original paint.

The Kit Carson County carousel is just one of five historic wood carousels left in Colorado. …

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