Highland Park Dentzel Carousel


The origin of carousels is not exactly known, but engineers have been building them for thousands of years. During the 12th to 15th centuries, carousels even were used for cavalry combat training. The Dentzel Carousel in Meridian's historic Highland Park was built in 1896 for the 1904 St. Louis Exposition and was bought by the city in 1909 for $200. Named a National Landmark in 1986, the carousel is the world's only two-row, stationary Dentzel menagerie carousel still in operation. The carousel house, built from a Dentzel blueprint and decorated with oil paintings, is the only such building in existence and, likewise, a National Landmark.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Civil
Topic(s):Sports/ Games
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:Carousels go counterclockwise in the US, so it looks like riders are moving left to right, as cars do when seen from the sidewalk. In Britain, where traffic flows right to left, carousels rotate clockwise. The US way makes it easier for (right-handed) riders to "grab the brass ring," but the British way lets them "properly" mount the wooden horses.