Cowboy Carousel & Amusement Park


The golden era of amusement parks began with the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, which introduced the Ferris wheel and the amusement midway to the world. The following year, the world’s first modern amusement park opened on Chicago’s South side. It was the first to charge admission and use rides, rather than picnic facilities or a lake, as its main draw. The industry grew rapidly, and new engineering innovations provided greater and more intense thrills to the growing crowds. The Cowboy Carousel in this park was manufactured in 1925 by Spillman Engineering of North Tonawanda, N.Y. and ran for 63 years in Ocean City, N.J.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Mechanical
Topic(s):Sports/ Games
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The Ferris wheel gets its name from George Washington Ferris, who designed a 250-foot wheel in 1892 for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. The Ferris wheel ride in this Wyoming amusement park was built in 1936 by the Eli Bridge Company of Jacksonville, Illinois, for operation at the Utah State Fair.
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