Yesterday we made a whirlwind trip to an ancient city in Florida. St. Augustine is supposed to be the oldest city in the United States discovered in 1565 and settled at that time. Later Ponce de Leon would go in search of the fountain of youth in the city. Just before we got into the town proper we discovered a little bit of what I call carousel magic and just had to stop. Sometimes I'm still a kid at heart.
The carousel was built in 1927 and brought to St. Augustine in 1992. Apparently the carousel was originally transported and set up in a private backyard. But neighbors complained about the lights from the "UFO" so it was later relocated to a more commercial location at Davenport Park.
I wanted to ride on one of the horses, but the vendor was on a break and Gary didn't want to wait around. I need to go back; you know how I love the horses. Click here, here, and here to read more stories about my love of horses. Over the years I have been to several historic carousels one in Santa Cruz and the Merry-go-round in Tilden Park, both in California. Apparently a carousel has only horses and merry-go-rounds have other animals besides horses.
I have a project I want to complete with carousel animals outlined in my journal and conceived before I left California several years ago. Then there's also my dream of traveling around the country and visiting all the historic carousels I can find. Hopefully I'll realize my dream and more about my carousel project in the future.Stay tuned for more history and architecture from St. Augustine coming up soon. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.