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Carousels, with wooden horses fixed in galloping positions and music gaily playing, have entertained parents and children for generations. Today slightly over 170 of them remain. Five reside in the state. Burlington's and Raleigh's are on the National Register of Historic Places. Shelby has just registered its carousel and is seeking registration.
An important part of childhood, to the author, was rides on a carousel. For Perry, its appeal could be defined in the thrill of the spin and the sound of the calliope. As illustration for its timeless appeal was a description and photo of a three row menagerie carousel in Burlington. As for its timely appeal, that was acknowledged in its being one of just two dozen remaining in American built by Gustav A. Dentzel.