4.6
21 votes

Kit Carson County Government

815 15th St, Burlington, Colorado 80807 USA

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Opens Sat 11a
  • 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
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.

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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
Renwmn

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  • 0 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.

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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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Reviewed by
jarednicholson

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June 22, 2017
Rated 5.0

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.

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Reviewed by
beckihagen

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 12, 2017
Rated 5.0

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

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Reviewed by
shimonek21

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 06, 2016

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

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Lori

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  • 24 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
June 17, 2016
Rated 5.0

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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Reviewed by
mizzvmhdz

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  • 0 Helpful
June 12, 2016
Rated 5.0

Really cool stop something different for sure a lot of history for a very affordable price

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Kit Carson County Government

815 15th St
Burlington, Colorado
80807 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • No Wifi
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