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West Coast Carousels
There are 19 classic wood carousels remaining in operation along
the West Coast of the United States between San Diego,
California in the south and Seattle, Washington in the north. These
machines were built during the "Golden Age of Carousels," the fifty
years between 1880 and 1930.

There are 14 carousels still operating in California, two in Oregon,
and three in Washington. The oldest installation is in San Diego, a
1895 carousel built by Charles I. D. Looff. The newest machine is
also in California in Los Angeles' Griffith Park, a 1926 carousel
manufactured by the Spillman Engineering Company.

Eric C. Pahlke
For Mr. Pahlke's first book, "San Diego County
Victorians," see
Treasures from the Golden Age
Knott's Berry Farm Carousel in Anaheim,
California built by Gustav Dentzel in 1906.
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