Round and Round She Goes
July 14, 2002
Carousels in Broome County, NY


Broome County has six carousels in local parks.
All rides are free because George F. Johnson (of Endicott Johnson) did not have a nickel to ride one when he was a child.  He built local parks and put free carousels in them so that every child would be able to ride.  They remain free to this day.  And they are open to children and adults (but if you weigh more than 290, they ask that you ride the chariot rather than the horse).

horse head

We rode four of them today.

Note David's head in the mirror.

David in Mirror


This carousel in Endicott finds me on a horse.
These were smaller horses than on the one in Binghamton.

Leslie small horse

The carousels are on the National Register of Historic Places.

white horses


I got to ride a pig!

horse and pig (and Leslie)

Two of today's carousels have a pig and a dog.
The other's were all horses.
I think all were "jumpers".

brown horse head

Leslie by horse

There are two more to ride - one in Johnson City and one in Binghamton at the Ross Park Zoo.
If you ride all six between Memorial Day and Labor Day, collect the coupons you get after the ride and turn them in to get a free button with a jewel at the Ross Park Zoo.

gray horse

2005 has been a spring and summer of getting around.

You can see those pictures:
We're off to Maine for a week of pictures and lobster!
The New York State Fair - lots of chickens and other animals.
A search for Rexford Falls and finding the Sherburne Historic District.
Antique Firetrucks in Liverpool.
Balloons at the Spiedie Fest.
A trip to Utica to see Munson-Williams-Proctor Museum and Fountain Elms
We rented a canoe at Nathaniel Cole Park.

A visit to Hanford Mills and the Lumberjack Show
Hancock Shaker Village.
A trip to Pixley Falls and Delta Lake.
We watched them set up the Big Top at the Circus
We went to the Utica Zoo
Then we went to the Syracuse Zoo
Wickwire House in Cortland
A trip to babysit the grandkids
A visit to Boston to see a Red Sox Game
Drive through Edmeston area to see the animals
Ithaca Herbert F. Johnson museum trip
And there are lots of pictures of our trip out west.

Hot adventures
from other summers:

Chittenango Falls
Fort Stanwix

 travel to Texas
Texas Day 1 San Antonio to Pearsall
Texas Day 2 Pearsall to Laredo
Texas Day 3 Laredo to Brownsville
Texas Day 4 South Padre Island

Texas Signs amused us
More signs.

Art Museum at Vassar

This page was last updated
August 10, 2002

links fixed 7/7/06


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