Mid-South Fair Expects $1 Million from Sale of 100-Year-Old Merry-Go-Round

APRIL 17, 2006 - Posted at 7:59 a.m. CST

MEMPHIS, TN - A Memphis amusement park is selling its nearly century-old carousel.

The ride is hand-carved and carries only horses.  Historians believe it will fetch close to a $1 million price.

Advertisement Mid-South Fair Incorporated is trying to sell the carousel after closing its Libertyland amusement park after years of financial struggle.  The Mid-South Fair is also facing a costly relocation for the annual fair.

The carousel is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was built in 1909 by the Dentzel Carousel Company.  Its first home was Chicago, but its been in Memphis since the early 20s.

Historians are suggesting the Memphis Zoo, the Children's Museum of Memphis and Mud Island as possible new locations for the carousel.

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