Leavenworth, Kansas: C.W. Parker Carousel MuseumAn old carousel factory has examples of its work on exhibit, including at least one that you can ride.
- 320 S. Esplanade St., Leavenworth, KS
- Downtown, along the river. From US Hwy 73/4th St. turn east onto Shawnee St, drive three blocks, then turn right onto Esplanade St. and drive south three blocks. On the right.
- Th- Sa 11 am - 5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. Closed January. (Call to verify)
- Guided tours $6; rides $1.25 each
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C.W. Parker Carousel Museum
Informative 15 minute video history of carousels. One room dedicated to many different carousel manufacturers. Ride arguably the fastest carousel in the country, 1913 #118 Parker carousel. See the oldest operating carousel in the country, the 1850 Primitive. Home of C.W. Parker, largest manufacturer of carousels in the country. Also houses the National Carousel Association archives.[Pauline Graeber, 09/03/2012]
C.W. Parker built many carousels in his day and was quite good at promoting his business. The admission price to the museum includes a ride on his 1913 carousel. Also included is a hand-cranked carousel dating to the 1850's. It may be the oldest working carousel in the world. The museum is run by volunteers and they're very friendly.[Andrea DeHart, 07/08/2006]