Track Style Carousel
The Oaks opened in 1905 with a Herschell-Spillman 2 abreast platform track style ride. There were 24 rocking animals with 4 chariots and a band organ. Its platform was rotated by 18 inch wheels that were electrically driven. It was used from1905 until 1923.In 1928, It was sold to the Bickleton-Cleveland Park in Bickleton, Washington for their yearly rodeo that started around 1912. Originally, a carousel from the Yakima area was rented for this event.
This ride has been well cared for over the years and the horse still have real horse hair tails.
|This machine has had excellent care.
||Horses are mounted in pairs. While the machine is turning, the horses gently rock back and forth.
Real horse hair tails have been preserved.
Just over the flank is a flat surface. In days of old, wooden kitchen chairs were placed there to accommodate more riders.
|To the left some of the original scenes are still visible.|
|An electric motor replaced (1999) the tractor motor that was being used to drive the machine.
|This 1905 ticket booth was purchased with the carousel.||The cable that drives the machine is shown. It is located below the slotted boards beneath the horses.|
Below is shown the building where the carousel is assembled each year.