The 1926 Wooden Carousel, Griffith Park, aka the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. #LAStory #LosAngeles
I love things that exist for no other reason than pure whimsy and perhaps nothing captures that spirit better than this carved wooden carousel from the 1920’s. For fans of the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, both young and old.
Of the more than 4,000 carousels built in America during the Golden Age, fewer than 150 exist intact today. The Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round was built in 1926 by the Spillman Engineering Company. Prior to its current location, the carousel was housed at Mission Beach in San Diego, CA and the San Diego Expo. It moved to Griffith Park in 1937. The merry-go-round features 68 horses and 2 chariots. All of the wood-carved horses are jumpers (no hooves touching the ground) and feature real horse hair manes. The carousel is accompanied by a Stinson 1650 Military Band Organ.
Walt Disney would take his daughters to this carousel and sit on the bench while he watched them go round and round, their faces beaming with exhilaration. It was here where the idea of a theme park built around the wonder of amusement entered his imagination and Disneyland was born.