Riverfront Park Looff Carrousel
The Looff Carrousel is a historic carousel located in Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington. Designed and built by artist Charles I.D. Looff in 1909, it has been in operation for over a century (except for a period between 1967-1975) and has been ridden by well over 100,000 people. It is one of the country's best-preserved carousels. It has 54 horses, 1 giraffe, 1 tiger, 2 Chinese dragons, and 2 chariot benches—all of which carved by Loff, who also constructed the rest of the carrousel. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.
Backstory and Context
The carousel became very popular and when Natatorium Park closed in 1967, the carousel was put in storage with the goal of returning to active use. It reopened in Riverfront Park in 1975 and remains one of the most popular attractions at the park.
Garret, Patsy. "Natatorium Carousel." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places. September 19, 1977. http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/nrhp/text/77001362.PDF.