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Kings Island Photo of the Day« Go Back Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
The year was 1926. Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States. Pontiac cars were made. Henry Ford announced the 40-hour week. U.S. Route 66 was created running from Chicago to Los Angeles. And in Cincinnati, Ohio, a classic amusement park ride made its debut on the banks of the Ohio River.
Eighty-five years, 14 presidents and four generations later, the Grand Carousel at Kings Island remains a popular attraction for guests of all ages.
The Grand Carousel was originally purchased by Cincinnati’s Coney Island in 1926 for $201,000 from the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and was among the many rides that were brought to Kings Island for its opening in 1972.
The Grand Carousel features 28 jumping horses, 20 stationary horses, and is painted with more than 20,000 sheets of 23-karat gold and 1,000 sheets of sterling silver. The horses on the outer ring are stationary. The middle ring features the “jumping horses” while the inner ring is made up of both.
During the Ohio River flood of 1937, when the Grand Carousel was in operation at Coney Island, some of the horses were swept down the river. A reward was offered for them, or pieces of them, and parts were returned from as far away as Memphis, TN.
The ride is also notable for its appearance in an episode of The Partridge Family, filmed at Kings Island in 1972.