Broad Ripple Park Carousel
Broad Ripple Park Carousel is a cherished carousel held in The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The restored the carousel consists of a variety of animals for admiration. The machine was originally built 1917 with the same artistic animals.
Backstory and Context
Once the carousel was removed from the building the animals had remained barely harmed so the remains were placed into a storage area. Carved by the Gustav Dentzel carousel company and assembled by the William F. Mangels carousel company the remains of the carousel were preserved for later purpose. As years passed the carousel pieces were collected by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis as they had acquired some of the animals from the carousel in 1956 and then eventually collected all of the animals that remained in 1973. The museum planned to sell some in order to finance the restoration of others until convinced otherwise by carousel enthusiasts. With convinced restoration the work began in 1966 and was completed in 1977 1.
The museum not only managed to restore all of the animals but also create new mechanics to make a full restoration. The restored carousel measures 42 feet wide and has a total of 42 restored animals 3. It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Located at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis the carousel may be viewed from Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rides may be taken upon the carousel free for members and $1 for non-members .
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