By Ron Munden
Recently I received a couple of calls from people telling me that I really needed to go down and look at Marshall’s Wonderland of Lights carousel. At the end of last week, I found the carousel and took a picture.
I though that the City paid $60,000 for the carousel but I was told that the number was $80,000. I do know that when the City purchased it, they were not aware that it had a three-phase electric motor. There is no three-phase power available on the Courthouse Square so the City had to swap out some of its electronics before it could be used and that did add additional cost.
While I questioned the City spending money on a carousel, I agreed it was a very attractive addition to Wonderland of Lights. That was the first year. I was told the canopy was damaged during the disassembly at the end of 2015. The canopy has not been used since that first year.
Since the canopy was critical to the appearance of the carousel, the City was able to turn a first-rate carousel into a third-rate carnival ride in one year.
Even though the City purchased a trailer for storing the carousel, in the last few years many of the major components of the carousel have not been put in the trailer and stored outdoors in the weather for 10 months each year.
It is my understanding that some of the gears are now faulty and must be replaced before the next WOL. Another questionable expenditure for the City.
The bad news is that Marshall will never have an attractive carousel again. The good news is that I shot lots of pictures of the carousel before it entered Marshall’s accelerated aging program.
Look at the photos of the carousel Marshall had but will never have again.
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