C. W. Parker Carousel Museum

320 S. Esplanade Street
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048
(913) 682-1331
 

Thursday, Friday Saturday: 11AM - 5PM
Sunday: 1 - 5PM   closed the month of January
Age 12 and older: $6 (includes 1 ride)
Under 12: $3      additional rides $1.25

C W Parker Carousel Museum - Leavenworth, Kansas

1913 Parker Carry-us-all #118 (print of the carousel available for purchase)

Charles Wallace Parker of Abilene, Kansas bought a used carousel in 1892. He soon began doing his own repairs and repairs on other carousels. While doing the work, he would replace the manufacturer's name with his own. In a few years, he began the C.W. Parker factory and began building "carry-us-alls" and other amusements rides. 

C.W. moved his factory to a larger facility that he built in Leavenworth in 1911. He continued the operation until his death in 1932. His son continued the company in Leavenworth until 1955 when he moved to Florida.

Along the way, the Parker company produced approximately 1,000 carousels. The exact number is uncertain because of his "rebranding" of carousels in the early years. Only 16 of Parker's carousels are known to be in operation today - 2 of them at the museum.

The C W Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth, Kansas was opened in the spring of 2005. It is already a worthy attraction, but look for big things as the museum grows.

Artizan A-X-1 band organ at Parker Carousel Museum
 Artizan A-X-1 band organ donated by Melissa Etheridge, who grew up in Leavenworth,

1950 Portable Parker Carousel
1950 Portable Parker Carousel (aluminum horses)

1920 Herscell Spillman carousel horse
Herscell Spillman horse from around 1920 - the museum has a variety of individual horses and parts on display

hand cranked Flying Horse Carousel
~1850 hand cranked Flying Horse Carousel under renovation

1859 wooden carousel horses
 

C W Parker Carousel Museum - Leavenworth
My only disappointment is that they didn't house the C W Parker Carousel Museum in
one of the many beautiful old buildings in downtown Leavenworth.

Parker Carousel Museum web site    1901 Parker carousel in Abilene
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