Bringing the past, present and future together, the Carillon Historical Park in Dayton, Ohio is now home to a new carousel that incorporates a modern twist on carousel design and highlights the historical innovation of the community. Hand-crafted and especially designed by Carousel Works for the park’s new Heritage Center of Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship, this full-sized, wooden carousel is truly one-of-a-kind.
This exciting new project was created by Carousel Works utilizing the time-honored methods of hand-carved wooden figures, but will allow patrons of Carillon Historical Park to take a ride on icons of Dayton innovation rather than traditional carousel horses. With 29 hand-carved figures and 2 stationary chariots this carousel is designed to be simultaneously fun and educational. The figures include a sampling from the rich and industrious history of Dayton including an NCR cash register, DH-4 Airplane, Huffy bicycle, a Soap Box Derby Car, a Rubicon train engine and a Mike-sell’s potato chip bag, among other local claims to fame.
“It is all hand-painted and designed to help tell Dayton stories of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Brady Kress, president and chief executive of Dayton History, the nonprofit organization that operates Carillon Park.