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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Merry-Go-Round: Then and Now



Hunting Park (Phila., Pa.) -

In 1809, the first horse racing track (trotters) in America was created at what is now Hunting Park. In 1854, the state of Pennsyvania outlawed betting on horses.

In 1902, the Dentzel company built a carousel in the park. Their factory was only a few blocks away at 3635-41 Germantown Ave., and prospective customers would be brought to Hunting Park to see and ride a finished carousel.

The carousel was removed in 1967. It was the last carousel to operate in the city of Phila. The "lead horse" now resides on the carousel at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

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(Cedar Point website)

1 comment:

Christian said...

Dude. We have one of these in Missoula - http://www.carrousel.com/

It's a very important part of the community. Sure would be cool to see something like that back in Philly...