This carousel was a landmark in St. Augustine for 25 years but last week is was dismantled and moved to another town after the owner recently passed away. Originally called the C.W. Parker Carousel and built in 1927, the carousel was later purchased by a Ringling Brothers circus performer for $25,000. The carousel then went from a barn in Mystique, Michigan, to a children’s zoo in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1992, the carousel was restored by James Soules and Carl Theel, and it was brought to St. Augustine in 1994. We will miss seeing this special landmark and hope it fares well in a new location.
On the last remaining days I did this painting in oils.