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The Columbus Zoo Carousel Spins its One Millionth Rider

Contact: Patty Peters
Associate Zoo Director of Marketing:
(614) 645-3490
July 29, 2004

POWELL, Ohio—A restored 1914 Mangels-Illions carousel has been spinning for over four years at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, and yesterday at 5 p.m., it celebrated a milestone—its one millionth rider.

Dakota McClielland from Upper Sandusky was the lucky millionth rider on the carousel since it took its first official spin at Zoofari 2000 on June 17, 2000. Dakota was visiting the Zoo with his family, who formerly lived in Columbus, and an aunt and uncle from North Carolina.

The carousel has been in Columbus since 1914. It was first located at Olentangy Park in the Clintonville area of Columbus, and was then moved to Scioto Ranch Park (where Wyandot Lake now stands) in 1938. This carousel is an endangered species of sorts, as it is one of less than 200 of the original 5,000 wooden carousels in the U.S. in the early years of the twentieth century.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium guests can ride the carousel daily for only $1.

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