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Kit Carson County Carousel

815 N 15 St, Burlington, Colorado 80807 USA

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Open Now
Sun 11a-6p
  • Independent
  • No Wifi

“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.

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Reviewed by
KayceeLynnRussell

  • 6 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
April 18, 2018

Definitely check the open dates before you stop. We didn’t. But cute town.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Renwmn

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
December 07, 2017
Rated 5.0

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.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
bri7ss

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
August 09, 2014

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.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
TravelBunneh

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 30, 2014

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!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
kelir

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 23, 2014
Rated 4.0

Great little pitstop! The carousel was really impressive. Beautiful colors & designs. It costs $.25 to ride & $1 to tour the museum.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
pursuingthepeculiar

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 13, 2018
Rated 5.0

Absolutely loved this stop! The staff is incredibly friendly, this history is riveting, and the ride is quite the quirky-gig!

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Reviewed by
Reskins

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 09, 2018

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.

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Reviewed by
Roswells_Tally

  • 7 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 18, 2018
Rated 5.0

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!

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Reviewed by
tegay

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 10, 2018
Rated 5.0

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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Reviewed by
gdimona

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 05, 2017
Rated 5.0

Perfect little stop off of highway 70 for a quick bathroom break, and a spin on one of the coolest carousels I've ever seen. For only .25, you can't beat the value, and the kids LOVED it! We even took a 10 minute stroll through the museum - super cute. They even have .50 ice cold waters for sale!

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