Thursday, December 13, 2012

Day Trip to Leavenworth, Kansas

Me ... the grown up kid riding on a restored 1913 carousel. It is also the second fastest carousel in the country. 
In our local paper there was an article full of places to see in Leavenworth, Kansas.
One place they recommended was the C. W. Parker Carousel Museum.   It was named one of the "Eight Wonders of Kansas" by the Kansas Sampler Foundation.  C.W. Parker was once the largest manufacturer of carousels and amusements rides in the world.
Above is a photo of the worlds oldest working carousel. It is an 1850 hand cranked carousel.  This is a look but not ride carousel because of how old it was.
Both K-State and KU were represented on carousel horses.
You can go just for the carousel ride on the 1913 carousel or take the tour like we did.  The tour was at least 2 1/2 hours long but we really enjoyed it.
We also stopped by three other stops featured in the article.  The Corner Pharmacy which has a old-time soda fountain.  The Pullman Restaurant where we had a nice lunch amidst all the train memorabilia.  The Book Barn where we bought some great books. 
Not on the list were the two really nice antique stores that we visited also in the downtown.
We had a great day and I recommend a day in Leavenworth, Kansas!

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