Jantzen Beach Carousel Coming To The Dalles

The National Neon Sign Museum in The Dalles will be the new home of the Jantzen Beach Carousel.  The non-profit group Restore Oregon accepted a donation of the carousel from its former owners, and has been developing and testing repair and repainting protocols to guide future restoration, while also seeking a new home for the carousel.  The carousel’s wooden elements, including horses, panels, and decorative wooden elements, will be restored onsite in The National Neon Sign Museum’s new education center.  Visitors will have opportunities to watch artisans work on carousel horses in this space, and may also have opportunities to volunteer to assist with restoration efforts.  The carousel was installed at Jantzen Beach Amusement Park in June of 1928, and when the amusement park was torn down and replaced by the Jantzen Beach Center mall, the carousel was preserved as the sole surviving attraction from the park.  The carousel remained part of the mall until 2012, when it was disassembled and placed in storage.

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