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Reminiscing over Grand Carousel

Posted: September 21, 2016 5:13 p.m.
Updated: September 21, 2016 5:13 p.m.
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Kudos to The Signal’s Dan Watson for his feature on the Grand Carousel at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

Those of us who grew up in Connecticut have always been passionate fans of this historic treasure. There is a museum devoted to the old Savin Rock amusement park in West Haven, CT, and it has on display only a single beautifully carved carousel horse.

Denizens of “the Rock” referred to the carousel as the Flying Horses.

In addition to the 64 hand-carved horses, there were two magnificent chariots for less adventurous riders, 3,800 lights and a 66-key Gavioli pipe organ.

Opened more than a century ago, Savin Rock had a particularly colorful history. I authored Historic Amusement Parks: Your Family & America’s Playgrounds, published last July in Your Genealogy Today, which has some stories about the early years of Savin Rock.

It’s disappointing to realize that the original carousel horses have been hidden in a warehouse for more than 40 years.

If anyone from Six Flags Magic Mountain is reading this letter to the editor, I would love the opportunity to photograph some of the warehoused horses to share with my fellow fans on the East Coast!

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