This carousel was manufactured in 1896 by Gustav Dentzel for the 1904 St. Louis Exposition. It was later sold to the City of Meridian, Mississippi, for $2,000. Today, it is valued at over a million dollars!
Dentzel only manufactured two to three carousels a year and supplied parks throughout the East and South. All of his animals were hand-carved out of poplar or basswood, and many, like this one, had original oil paintings.
When the Carousel arrived in Meridian in 1909, it was placed in this exact location in Highland Park in this Carousel House, also designed by Dentzel. This Carousel House is the only original Carousel House building built from a Dentzel blueprint left in existence.
In 1977, both the Dentzel Carousel and the Carousel House were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1986, they were designated as National Landmarks. There are eleven other Carousels nationwide that have received this honor, but Meridian’s is the only one located in the South.
Copyright 2019 Susan Rissi Tregoning
October 16th, 2019
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