Oaks Amusement Park Carousel World Wide Photo Walk Carousel ~
Oaks Amusement Park Carousel World Wide Photo Walk Carousel 1912 "Herschell-Spillman" Carousel
Tucked away in Southeast Portland near the Sellwood Bridge is Oaks Amusement Park, one of the oldest continuously operated amusement parks in the United States.
Oaks Park is a modest amusement park located 3.5 miles (6 km) south of downtown Portland, Oregon, USA
Story by David F. Ashton ~
"Today’s best estimates are that the figures were carved starting in 1912, by the Italian and German woodworkers at the Herschell–Spillman company’s offshoot, Spillman Engineering Corporation. “Our carousel was one of the last to have had its figures carved completely by hand,” Norling said proudly.
"Having survived repeated floods, and the theft of a figure in the 1970s, the Oaks Park Carousel was last refinished almost forty years ago — and has only been touched up since then. "
"“It hasn’t ever been restored like we did this time,” declared Norling, “Eight of our staff members took it apart to sand and hand-etch away layers of paint – taking each piece down to bare wood. Because they cleaned into the crevasses, you can really see the detail in the horses’ manes and eyes.”
Where necessary, workers repaired broken pieces, blending them in with the original wood, as they restored the historic carousel to its original grandeur.
The Oaks Park Carousel is recorded in the National Register of Historic Places, and is said to be one of only 200 classic carousels remaining in the world."
Story by David F. Ashton
Check out the group dedicated to this Great Carousel ~
Carousel Oaks Park Amusement Park Portland Oregon
Interesting side note~
In carousels all over the world, there has always been the "favorite" animals to ride. This caused problems with smaller children all wanting a particular horse… So when Walt Disney put his Carousel in Disneyland… He made all the horses "white" to avoid the problem, and get people on faster so they could start the ride.
I spent 3 hours Saturday 7/24/10 getting to photograph a Carousel here in Portland Oregon, before the amusement park opened.
It was amazing.