Ella's Deli's 1927 C.W. Parker Carry Us All Carousel
Few rides have the tradition and magic of an ornate carousel.
Children and adults alike thrill at the opportunity to take a spin on
Ella's Deli's Parker Carousel In Madison, Wisconsin. Ella's Deli is proud
to be operating one of less than 75 known original carousels in this country.
Originally built in 1927 in Leavenworth, Kansas, this carousel was operating
in a park for 20 years in North Tonawonda, New York. The park closed and
the carousel was dismantled, sold, and remained in storage. Heat and
moisture caused quite a fair amount of damage and so the restoration
took many months and great effort was involved.
A ride on a carousel was one of the simplest pleasures of a younger America.
Throughout the country, in parks, fairgrounds, and traveling carnivals
thousands of magical beasts danced and pranced, round and round to
the music of the band organ. One by one the old carousels have
disappeared; fire, flood, economics, and neglect have taken a heavy toll.
Ella's carousel offers what is an increasingly unique opportunity to ride
on a part of our past.
The fun begins in the spring and runs throughout the summer and fall.
Stop by and enjoy a ride on a magnificent piece of history.