A historic, 124-year-old carousel built by Charles I.D. Looff will re-open September 13 at 6 p.m. in Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket, RI, after months of renovations.
The National Carousel Association last year unanimously selected the Slater Park Looff Carousel, built in 1895 and placed in Slater Park in 1910, as a recipient of the 2018 NCA Historic Award.
The Slater Park Looff Carousel is one fewer than 200 carousels in the United States that still offer rides to the public. Carousels made by master craftsmen were once a centerpiece of fairs and celebrations, especially around the turn of the last century. At one point, more than 3,000 carousels graced American public spaces..
The Slater Park Looff Carousel was first located in an amusement park in New York state, but it was moved to Slater Park in 1910. It has a functioning band organ, 44 horses, one camel, three dogs, one giraffe, one lion, and two chariots.
Map to Slater Park, 401 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket.