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October 13, 2009

Merry-go-rounds make my world go round

Filed under: Uncategorized — Carly J Hallman @ 11:41 am

While merry-go-rounds are appreciated for their wee! factor, they are all too often overlooked as pieces of art. Many merry-go-rounds are beautifully crafted and painted and reflect aspects of local culture (see Louisiana crawfish below). Over the weekend, I visited the boardwalk in Shreveport, LA and rode a merry-go-round for the first time since I was a child. How could a ride for kids be so visually stunning? And how awesome is it that boardwalk-goers can ride a crawfish?!

crawfish


And, now for your pleasure, a few quick merry-go-round facts:

  • Contrary to popular belief, “merry-go-round” and “carousel” are synonymous.
  • The first solar-powered carousel was recently built by William Henry Dentzel III in Hopland, California.
  • The world’s oldest remaining carousel is located in Hanau, Germany and was completed way back in 1780.
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