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Riverfront Park celebrates National Carrousel Day

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Spokane's Riverfront Park is celebrating National Carrousel Day on Sunday. The park is offering $1 rides on its historic Looff Carrousel on July 25 for the unofficial holiday. The carnival ride has been in Spokane since 1909 and still has all its original figures, making it the perfect way to celebrate.

Looking for a little more Carrousel history on National Carrousel Day? 

  • The earliest known depiction of the merry-go-round is in 500 A.D. in the Byzantine Empire, which depicts baskets, carrying riders, suspended from a central pole.
  • Hessville, Ohio was the site of the first United States created merry-go-round. It was created by Franz Wiesenhoffer during the 1840s. 

You may be wondering why July 25 was chosen to celebrate these rides. It turns out July 25 is the anniversary of the first U.S. patent for the modern carrousel. That patent was awarded to William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa on July 25, 1871.

Spokane's Looff Carrousel will be open until 9 p.m. Sunday night. For more information on the Looff Carrousel, click here: http://spokanecarrousel.org/

Will you be celebrating?

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