“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.
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.
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!
This thing is beautiful and fast! Whirling around to the patriotic music on a hot summer day is a little slice of Americana heaven. Don't miss it.
Amazing. Great stop! We have 3 kids ages 6, 10, and 14 and all of them enjoyed this stop. We were hesitant as we were driving through town, but the carousel was in amazing shape and actually went surprisingly fast. We definitely recommend! We were headed cross country from PA to ID
Not sure what kind of a stop it is, we found out when we got there that it is open from Memorial Day to Labor day
This was very beautiful and rides are done every half hour. You can really feel the speed of the carousel. Plus there's a neat little museum attached to it.
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Kit Carson County Carousel
- Sun - Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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