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100 Years and Still Spinning!

Still Spinning After 100 Years!

On July 18, 1909, our Looff Carrousel began operation in Spokane's Natatorium Park, an amusement park on the bank of the Spokane River on the west side of Spokane.

Nat park closed its doors in 1967, but the carrousel has remained in Spokane where it's still in daily operation after more than 100 years. All of the carrousel's original figures are still making their rounds, and they look as good (or maybe even better) today as they did in 1909!

A set of pictures from our 100 year celebration is Available Here.


Watch a KREM 2 News article about
possible upgrades for Riverfront Park!

Click to visit Natatorium Park
Click to Visit
Natatorium Park
Here in Spokane, Washington, we're fortunate enough to have an all-original Looff Carrousel in operation in Riverfront Park. This extraordinary blend of art and machinery has been located in Spokane since it was manufactured and delivered to its original location at Natatorium Park in 1909.

Click to see Miss Liberty
Miss Liberty
It's no accident that this beautiful carrousel is still operating in Spokane. Keeping it running and pristine has involved the hard work and devotion of many, many people over the last 99 years.

Some of the carrousel's major contributors receive recognition on this website, but many more people throughout the years have loved and cared for this carrousel as if it were their own. And in many ways, it does belong to all of us. It's been part of our history, it has a special place in our memories and it's likely to hold the same place in the hearts of our children and grandchildren for generations to come.

Posters by Nona Hengen
This is one of eight posters by Nona Hengen that is available for purchase.
Learn more . . .
As you look through our website, you'll see that we have one of the best collections of carrousel pictures anywhere on the Web. If you have old pictures of our carrousel, make sure to dig them out and look for pictures of your horses on our website. You're sure to find them, because all of the original horses are still in service, giving rides daily to the young and the young at heart.

Click to see our Band Organ
A. Ruth & Sohn Band Organ
Circa 1900
We also have an original Ruth & Sohn band organ, which you'll find detailed on our band organ page. You'll find information about its history and recent restoration, as well as some actual sound clips recorded from the band organ.

You'll find pictures of some of our carrousel figures sprinkled throughout our pages. Just click on any one of them to take a shortcut to our picture gallery.

If you've never visited our carrousel, we hope that you'll feel as though you've been here after looking through our website. And if you're familiar with our carrousel and have memories or pictures that you'd like to make available to the rest of us, make sure to sign our guest book or send us your pictures.



Click to visit the National Carousel Association

Another great site for carrousel information is the National Carousel Association (NCA).

The purpose of the National Carousel Association is to promote conservation, appreciation, knowledge and enjoyment of the art of the classic wooden carrousel and especially the preservation of complete wooden carrousels.

Make sure to pay them a visit today!


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