Dentzel Carousel Company

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G.A. Dentzel Carousel Company
Formerly called
G.A. Dentzel, Steam and Horsepower Caroussell Builder
Industry Carousel Builder
Successor Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Founded 1867 (1867) Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Founder Gustav Dentzel
Defunct 1928 (1928)
Headquarters Philadelphia, United States
Key people
Gustav Dentzel, William Dentzel
Products Carousels

The G.A. Dentzel Company was an American builder of carousels in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its founder, Gustav Dentzel, had immigrated to the United States in 1860 from Germany. Having carved carousels for his father before immigrating he opened a cabinet making shop on Germantown Ave. in Philadelphia. He soon tired of the cabinet making business and decided to try his hand at building a small portable carousel that he could travel with around the country. After finding that people had a great enthusiasm for his carousel he decided to go into the carousel building business full-time in 1867, hiring other woodworkers who had also emigrated from Europe.[1][2][3]

His son William took over the business after Gustav’s death in 1909 and continued making carousels until 1928, with employees such as master-carvers Salvatore “Cherni” Cernigliaro and Daniel Muller. After William's death, Muller went on to form his own carousel company, while the Dentzel equipment and remaining stock were sold to the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.[4][5] [6]

In mid-2017, an estimate indicated that there may be 150 of the Dentzel units in existence. At that time, a model from 1907, with 52 hand-carved animals, was sold by Centreville Amusement Park in Toronto, Ontario to the city of Carmel, Indiana. The selling price was an estimated CAD $3 million, approximately US $2.25 million.[7] The ride will open in 2018 or 2019 as part of a multi-year downtown redevelopment project.[8]

Operating Carousels (in USA):

Ride Name Year Built Location City Figures History
King Arthur Carrousel 1922 Disneyland Anaheim, CA 68 Jumpers, 1 Chariot Sunnyside Park (1922-1955)
Merry-Go-Round 1912 Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, CA 18 Jumpers, 10 Standing, 24 Menagerie, 2 Chariots Hersheypark (1912-1936)
Brady Park (1936-1955)
Merry-Go-Round 1907 Castle Park Riverside, CA 18 Jumpers, 12 Standing, 20 Menagerie, 2 Chariot Hersheypark (1907-????)
Knott's Berry Farm (1950's-1984)
Dentzel Carousel 1921 San Francisco Zoo San Francisco, CA 24 Jumpers, 12 Standing, 16 Menagerie, 2 Chariot
Carousel 1900 Children's Museum of Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 17 Jumpers, 14 Standing, 11 Menagerie, 2 Chariot Broad Ripple Park (1917-1956)
Parks Department Indianapolis (1956-1969)
Carousel 1902 Riverside Park Logansport, IN 32 Standing, 11 Menagerie, 3 Chariot Robison Park (1902-1919)
Spencer Park (1919-1950)
Dentzel Carousel 1921 Glen Echo Park Glen Echo, MD 28 Jumpers, 12 Standing, 12 Menagerie, 2 Chariot
Chesapeake Carousel 1905 Watkins Regional Park Upper Marlboro, MD 15 Jumpers, 16 Standing, 13 Menagerie, 2 Chariot
Dentzel Carousel 1904 Highland Park Meridian, MS 20 Standing, 8 Menagerie, 2 Chariot St. Louis Exposition (1904)
St. Louis Carousel 1921 Faust County Park Chesterfield, MO 46 Jumpers, 16 Standing, 4 Menagerie, 2 Chariot Forest Park Highlands (1929-1963)
Storage (1963-1965)
Sylvan Springs Co. Park (1965-1980)
Storage (1980-1987)
Antique Carousel 1898 Canobie Lake Park Salem, NH 24 Jumpers, 19 Standing, 3 Menagerie, 2 Chariot
Dr. Floyd L. Moreland Carousel 1910 Casino Pier Seaside Heights, NJ 35 Jumpers, 18 Standing, 5 Menagerie, 2 Chariot
Carousel 1905 Ontario Beach Park Rochester, NY 22 Jumpers, 11 Standing, 19 Menagerie, 2 Chariot
Carousel 1905 Burlington City Park Burlington, NC 16 Jumpers, 10 Standing, 20 Menagerie, 2 Chariot Locust Point (????-1924)
Forest Park (1924-1948)
Gustave A. Dentzel Carousel 1912 Pullen Park Raleigh, NC 19 Jumpers, 10 Standing, 23 Menagerie, 2 Chariot Bloomsbury Park (1912-1921)
Kiddy Kingdom Carrousel 1921 Cedar Point Sandusky, OH 27 Jumpers, 14 Standing, 11 Menagerie, 2 Chariot Hunting Park-Germantown (????-1968)
Antique Carousel 1921 Dorney Park Allentown, PA 50 Jumpers, 12 Standing, 4 Menagerie, 2 Chariot Exposition Park (1921-????)
Lk Lansing (1942-1971)
Cedar Point (1971-1994)
Stoner Carousel 1924 Stoner Carousel Association Lancaster, PA 25 Jumpers, 8 Standing, 15 Menagerie, 2 Chariot Rocky Springs Park (1901-1923)
Rocky Springs Park (1924-1983)
Lake Lansing Park (1983-1987)
Dollywood (1990-1999)
Weona Park Carousel 1900 Weona Park Pen Argyl, PA 34 Standing, 10 Menagerie, 2 Chariot
Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel 1902 Please Touch Museum Philadelphia, PA 24 Jumpers, 16 Standing, 12 Menagerie, 2 Chariot Woodside Park (1902-1955)
Rockaway Park (1956-1961)
Storage (1961-1962)
St. John Terrell's Music Circus (1963-1966)
Smithsonian Institution (1966-2005)
Restoration (2005-2008)
Grand Carousel 1926 Kennywood Park West Mifflin, PA 50 Jumpers, 14 Standing, 2 Menagerie, 4 Chariot
Memphis Grand Carousel 1909 Children's Museum of Memphis Memphis, TN 32 Jumpers, 16 Standing 2 Chariot
Silver Star Carousel 1926 Six Flags Over Texas Arlington, TX 50 Jumpers, 16 Standing 2 Chariot Rockaway Playland (1926-1963)
Dentzel Carousel 1923 Fair Park Dallas, TX 50 Jumpers, 16 Standing 2 Chariot Carsonia Park (1923-1950)
Albany Carousel 1909 Historic Downtown Albany, OR 32 Jumpers, 16 Standing 2 Chariot Downtown Albany (2017)

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