108-year-old carousel makes return to Memphis

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A Libertyland fan favorite is back in Memphis.

The famous horse carousel is at the Children's Museum of Memphis after a two-year, $6 million restoration process.

The Dentzel Grand Carousel is set up with all 48 horses and will open next month, just in time for the holidays.

"We've been in the restoration process for about two years," Children's Museum C.O.O. Art Davis said. "The restoration process was a little over a million dollars and then the home or stable of pavilion was little over $5 million."

It's a high price tag for some new heels, but that's what gives them a historical tie to Memphis.

Anyone who remembers Libertyland will surely remember some of the horses on the carousel, as they were some of the first things you saw entering the iconic theme park.

Todd Goings, the owner of Carousels and Carvings, said he was the one in charge of moving it back when Libertyland was closed down in 2009.

Since then, the city has had the near 100-year-old ride in storage, but thanks to public donations, it's now on its way to providing fun for a new generation.

"Part of it is really just to get into the next generation so grandparents can remember when they rode it and bring their children in and their grandchildren in," Goings said.

Next up is a three-week process of putting everything together in time for the grand opening on December 2.

"We're excited that we not only can relive memories but we can create new ones as well," Davis said.

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