Sunday, August 21, 2016

Cafesjian's Carousel

The fourth in my Como Park series. The Cafesjian's Carousel has a colorful, tenacious history. Built in 1914 by Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the carousel is 50 feet across at the platform and 54 feet at the upper rim. It weighs 30 tons, all of which is supported by the center pole. For just $2.00 you can experience a glorious ride on a one of 68 hand-carved horses or settle in on one of 2 stunning chariots.

The carousel is named for Gerard L. Cafesjian, the man who contributed the major share of the money needed to rescue it from auction, restore it and build its new pavilion at Como Park.

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