Kit Carson County Carousel

815 North 15 Street
Burlington, CO 80807


Kit Carson County and the Kit Carson County Carousel Association have developed a museum to interpret the history and the restoration of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel No.6...The Kit Carson County Carousel. A 1920s era fairground exhibit building was completely renovated to house this wonderful "hands-on" museum. Grants from the Gates Family Foundation, the Boettcher Foundation, the Cooper Clark Foundation, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and the Colorado Historical Society's State Historical Fund were awarded to the County to assist in funding the renovation of the building as well as the design and construction of the museum exhibits. All carousel museum exhibits were designed so that they could be removed or covered during the annual Kit Carson County Fair so the building could be used to display the week-long County Fair's Home Economics exhibits. 

Visual West of Larkspur, Colorado oversaw development of the museum. Exhibits include the early history of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the 1902 General Electric Induction Motor (the motor has never been rebuilt and still powers the carousel at more than 10 miles per hour) and the friction drive (this carousel is the only carousel still in existence that uses the Auchy Clutch.

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