Riverfront Park Carousel

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Riverfront Park Carousel or Looff Carousel
Riverfront Park Carousel.JPG
Location Riverfront Park
Spokane, Washington
Nearest city Spokane
Built 1909
Architect Charles I. D. Looff
NRHP Reference # 77001362
Added to NRHP September 19, 1977

The Riverfront Park Carrousel, also known as the Looff Carrousel and the Natatorium Park carousel, is a carrousel in Spokane, Washington, built in 1909 by Charles I. D. Looff as a gift for Looff's daughter Emma Vogel and her husband Louis Vogel, who owned Natatorium Park in Spokane.[1] It remained at the park until 1968 when the park closed. The carousel was relocated to its present location at Riverfront Park in 1975 where it continues to operate.[2][3] It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 19, 1977.[4]

The carousel still contains its original 1900 Ruth & Sohn band organ, which plays 87 key B.A.B. rolls, lthough due to deteriorating player rolls, a digitized recording is played during the carousel's operation.[3] The organ was manufactured in Waldkirch, Germany and imported by Looff around 1900.

The carousel contains 54 horses, 1 giraffe, 1 tiger, 1 goat and 2 chariots, all hand carved by Looff himself. It also has a ring dispenser that allows the outside riders to grab a ring during each pass and then toss the ring at a clown with a hole for his mouth. If the rider is successful in capturing the brass ring, he or she can turn it in to win a free ride on the carousel.[5]

Pop culture[edit]

The TV sitcom Frasier makes reference to the carousel, calling it simply "the Looff", in the season 9 episode "Frasier has Spokane".


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Coordinates: 47°39′38.42″N 117°25′12.99″W / 47.6606722°N 117.4202750°W / 47.6606722; -117.4202750