Carousel sunset

Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star

A beautiful sunset shines behind the Dentzel Carousel. 

The Dentzel Carousel is still out of operation, and Meridian city officials say it will be down until next month.

On Jan. 8, Meridian City Councilman Weston Lindemann, who represents Ward 5, wrote on his Facebook page that “a pulley has been ordered and is expected to arrive in February.”

In the meantime, the carousel will remain closed, he said.

The city has experienced issues with the carousel for that last couple of months.

After breaking down twice in the latter part of 2017, City of Meridian Parks and Recreation Director Kelvin McGruder told the City Council in mid December that the carousel would be down until “the end of January.”

“They’ll be working on rebuilding the motor,” McGruder told the council, adding that the building will remain open to the public.

According to the city’s website, Gustav Dentzel of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania built the carousel in 1896 for the 1904 St. Louis Exposition.

In 1909, it was sold to the City of Meridian for $2,000 and placed at Highland Park, where it has been in Highland Park ever since.

In 1977, the carousel, Carousel House and Highland Park were placed on the National Register of Historic Places. About nine years later, the Department of the Interior designated the Highland Park Dentzel Carousel and Carousel House as National Historic Landmarks.

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