Childhood memories of riding the fastest horse on the town fair carousel came rushing back to me as we walked up to the first of two historic wooden carousels at Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek, Arizona.
Currently, Schneph Farms is restoring both wooden attractions. The Arizona sun sure does some weather damage over the years. I am glad to see that Schnepf Farms takes pride in history and keeps up the maintenance for both. Operational during the fall, winter, and spring.
The 1912 Parker
Schnepf Farms 1912 Parker Carousel – This carousel a barn find from Elk River, Minnesota. Purchased and moved to Schnepf Farms in 1999, where it has been lovingly restored for your enjoyment. Listed Natl. Registry of Historic Carousels.
According to the Historical Marker Project, “This carousel was purchased from Wally Scott, Elk River, Minnesota. He had it set up in the loft of his old barn. It was disassembled and moved to Schnepf Farms in 1999. It took three months to refurbish. This carousel is listed on the National Registry of Historic carousels.”
As Hunter and I walked around the 1912 Parker we counted 18 animals to ride: horses, rabbit, dog, roaster, and two 4 seat chariots.
The National Carousel Association reports, “Classic Wood Carousel. Original grasshopper mechanism. New wood trim. Some AH horses on the platform. Motor dated 1912.”
At well over 100 years old, has been keeping kids happy for many generations. Creating a wonder & excitement. For families, kids, and sweethearts… Carousels are memories! Enjoy
The 2nd Wooden Carousel
This wooden amusement ride was built in the 1920s. The facility is in the process of refurbishing it. Hunter and I counted 20 horses with 2 spots empty and two 4 seat chariots. On the upper tent are the numbers 1-12.
Thank you to Mark and Carrie Schnepf for sharing their family history with us and the public. We are grateful for those who keep history alive and available for the future to learn.
When scheduling your visit to Schnepf Farms check hours and details at https://schnepffarms.com/
When exploring the farm visit the historic water tower that Schnepf Farms.
Historic Wooden Carousel in Queen Creek, Arizona
When was the last time you took a ride on a carousel? Do you have a childhood memory of your favorite horse or number that you had to ride?