August 3, 2015 Today left from Westcott Beach State Park east of Rochester, NY and wended my way along secondary roads to Ontario Beach Park in Rochester. I stopped specifically to photograph and ride their restored Dentzel carousel, permanently housed along Lake Ontario.
This merry-go-round, built at the Dentzel manufacturing center in Philadelphia, dates from 1905. It includes a menagerie of animals. There are three cats: one by herself in the middle of a row, clutching a fish in her mouth, and looking surprised that she managed to catch one, and two others side by side, one with a fish prize and the other with a bird. The animals are all finely carved, with lots of depth and character.
I wondered what child would ever choose to ride either of the two ostriches (with saddles) side by side on the inside rows. As I moved from one spot to another on the platform between rides, two little girls claimed the two creatures and their mother helped them on! They seemed delighted with their choice. Perhaps they thought the ostriches would run faster than the horses, cats, dog, lion, pig, and giraffe.
After two rides and another two or three “sitting out” on the new rockers placed around the periphery of the carousel, I returned to car and camper for the next leg of the day, to North Tonawanda, NY to the Allen Herschell Factory for more carousel history.