About the Dentzel Carousel at Burlington City Park
History of the Carousel
The Burlington City Park Carousel is a 3-Row Dentzel Menagerie Carousel built around 1906-1910 at the Dentzel Carousel Company on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Carousel was purchased by the City of Burlington in the summer of 1948 from Mr. Carl Utoff, the owner of Forest Park Amusement Park in Genoa, Ohio. Mr. Utoff purchased the machine in about 1924 from Locust Point Amusement Park in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
No one knows the exact date of our Carousel or where it first ran, but the mirrors are stamped March and April of 1913, and on the bottom of the wooden platform were penciled May 1914. One of the rounding boards is a copy of a 1903 Remington painting. Our frames and rounding boards are similar to one in the 1906 era. Our chariots are numbered VIII and IX, meaning that at one time they were together, in a pair, on a larger carousel. The early 1900s were known as the "Golden Era" for carousels and many were sent back to be refurbished or made into different carousels. Parts made in different years were put together and perhaps our Carousel was one of those.
The Animals and Mechanics of the Carousel
- Images of Carousel before 2019 Restoration
- 2019-2022 Restoration and Carousel House Construction Slideshow
- History Panels Showcasing up to 1980's restoration
- 2022 Reopening Video Short
- 2022 Installation of Burlington's Fully-Restored Dentzel Carousel Video Short
- Burlington Carousel Installation - October 12, 2022 Video Short
- 2014 PBS North Carolina Weekend Video