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Faribault, Minnesota: Tilt-a-Whirl Invented Here

Sit in a restored Tilt-a-Whirl car on a downtown street corner. Faribault was the birthplace of this iconic carnival ride in 1926. The Tilt-a-Whirl photo-op was created in 2014.

Central Ave., Faribault, MN
Downtown, on the southwest corner of Central Ave. and 2nd St. NW.
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Tilt-a-Whirl Invented Here

There are actually two tilt-a-whirls in downtown Faribault, but only the one in front of the shoe store has the historical plaque.

[Aly, 05/17/2024]


Tilt-a-Whirl Photo Op

Tilt-a-Whirl photo op. [Seth H, 04/15/2019]

Faribault was the birthplace of this iconic carnival ride in 1926. The photo op was created in 2014.

Tilt-a-Whirl Photo Ops

The town of Faribault has two restored Tilt-a-Whirl carnival cars on Central Avenue that are great photo ops. The one on the corner of 3rd and Central was featured on the American Restoration show. The other is in front of the State Bank of Faribault, on the corner of 5th and Central. They are both stored for the winter, so be sure to look for them during the warmer months.

[Laura McColley, 03/28/2019]
Tilt-A-Whirl Invented Here

A restored tilt-a-whirl car, which was featured in an August 2014 cable network restoration show, has been placed in historic downtown Faribault. Herbert Sellner invented the Tilt-A-Whirl in 1926, at his Faribault home. Sellner Manufacturing opened its factory in Faribault and the ride debuted that year at the Minnesota State Fair. Tilt-A-Whirl and other rides continued to be manufactured at the iconic Faribault facility until the company was sold in 2011.

[Historic Hutchinson House B&B, 03/12/2016]

Faribault also has a mural portraying its connection to the Tilt-a-Whirl. It's on the south side of Fourth Street between 1st and 2nd Aves.

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