Kit Carson County Carousel, Burlington

#53 of 268 in Museums in Colorado
Of the nearly 4000 wooden carousels carved in America between 1885 and the 1930s, fewer than 150 are still in existence. One of the finest of these survivors, however, can be found on the county fairgrounds in Burlington, CO.
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  • Beautiful carousel that you should ride to bring back happy childhood memories. Small museum was interesting. Both girls were very nice and answered our questions graciously. The animals are...  more »
  • We arrived around 5:20PM on Sunday, August 18, 2019, just in time to purchase a token to have the last ride of the day at 6PM. The cost of the ride is a quarter and the ride lasts for about 10...  more »
  • The Kit Carson county carousel is an interesting piece of art, that allows you to interact with several different periods of history. The guides explain how the carousel came into operation in the early 1900's, was shutdown and brought back to operation around the Depression, had whole animals stolen during the early 1980's and completely restored in the late 1980's. The ride may be short (compared to modern park rides) but having the added history makes this a site you have to see to believe.
  • The museum and carousel are absolutely worth the time to check out. I went on a Wednesday in August and they were open from 11am to 6pm. They offer carousel rides at 25ยข a piece, and run every half hour. This is very popular with the kids and runs at around 15mph, quite a bit faster than a normal carousel. There is a ton of interesting information for the adults in the museum (a bargain at 1$) , and the staff is friendly and very willing to share information on the history and mechanics of the carousel. Though it was manufactured in 1902, it is fully restored and the artwork is beautiful. All of its figures and paintings are original, hand-carved and painted. The Kit Carson County Carousel is a super neat place to visit with the kiddos, or for anyone interested in history.
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