Kit Carson County Carousel

History:  This carousel was built in 1905 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC) originally for Elitch Gardens in Denver. Known as PTC#6, it is a classic wooden carousel and the oldest in Colorado. It has 46 hand-carved animals with those on the outside being the largest and 4 chariots.  Since none of the animals moved, it was sold in 1928 by Elitch Gardens to Kit Carson County for $1200 to make way for a newer model with moving horses.  Moved by train to the county fair grounds, a 12-sided, dodecagonal, building was constructed to protect it. 

The carousel, including the 45 oil paintings, underwent an extensive 25 year restoration beginning in 1977.  A majority of the restoration work was done by John Pogzeba and Will Morton VIII.  It also has its fully restored original 1909 Wurlitzer 155 Band Organ. 

Also on the grounds is a carousel history museum.  It contains exhibits showing how this carousel was made and then restored. 

Awards:  In 1987, it was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Unique Figures: Lion, Armored Horse, Tiger, Camels, Giraffes, Zebras, Deer with real antlers, Goats

Directions: Kit Carson County Fairgrounds (N 15th St. and Colorado Ave. in Burlington, CO 80807)

Phone:  719-346-7666

Hours: 11am-6pm Memorial Day through Labor Day

Prices: Rides $0.25; Museum $1


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