Aside from steam power, carousels developed other unique features over the course of the late nineteenth century. One of these features was the up and down motion of the ride as it spun around in a circle. Additional animals, other than horses, were also added to give the ride a more intricate and unique look. Carousel production suffered during the 1930s due to the Great Depression that hit the United States. They also fell behind other advanced rides, such as roller coasters, that were popping up at the time. Today, many societies and individuals try to find and restore many of the old hand-carved carousels that still exist.
Jane's Carousel was built in 1922 by the famous carousel production company called the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (P.T.C.). It was originally marked the PTC No. 61 and was located in Idora Park, which was in Youngstown, Ohio. As with other carousels at the time, PTC No. 61 was neglected and fell into disrepair. In 1984, the Carousel was auctioned off, and it was purchased by David and Jane Walentas, who planned to restore the Carousel to its former glory and place it in a park designed by David.
Jane Walentas, who graduated from Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia and later received her MFA from NYU, oversaw the restoration of the Carousel herself. The project included scraping away paint where the original color of the Carousel had been covered over the years, repainting, adding back missing jewels and other embellishments, and replacing much of the mechanical system that had become faulty. The Carousel was opened to the public in 2011 in a pavilion that was designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architect Jean Nouvel.