1947

1942-1974

Playland Pier amusement park is built on a wooden pier overlooking the lake and public beach.  It is enjoyed by generations.  The park includes many rides & activities including a children's carousel.

1975-1986

The amusement park closes and rides are dismantled. The pier burns down in December 1975. The carousel disappears for over 10 years, to date no one knows where it was.

Carol & Duane Perron Carousel Saviors the early years of collecting

1986-2010

Rediscovery

The carousel surfaces at an auction in Puyallap Washington in 1986.
Carol & Duane Perron, collectors from Hood River Oregon buy it and spend year restoring it and add it to their vast carousel collection.  Carol (Jackson) Perron, a Coeur d'Alene native, is thrilled to have her childhood Merry-Go-Round.  The carousel travels around the country for lease.

Press article: Richard Le Francis, Julie Clark and Kathryn Manning form a committee

2010

Local Supporters

Local newspaper article relates how carousel history buffs Richard Le Francis & Julie Clark discover where the old carousel is.  They would like to see it come home to Coeur d'Alene, and begin the quest to enlist local support.

John & Pat Foote benefactors

2010-2011

Miracles Do Happen

New residents John & Pat Foote see the newspaper article and contact Richard Le Francis.  John, a Montana native and entrepreneur is also a history buff and his family has carnival history.  He and Richard reach out to the Perrons in Hood River to inquire if they would be willing to sell the old carousel.  They agree and John & Pat purchase the carousel and gift it to the newly formed non-profit Carousel Foundation.

Carol Perron welcomes her hometown carousel home

2011

Home at Last

Carol Perron welcomes the pony home.  She is thrilled to see it come back to her childhood city.  Miraculously, the carousel comes home fully intact with all 20 ponies and 2 chariots.  It still retains it's original park paint which Carol lovingly preserved.  It also boasts newly painted art panels and new wood decking.  It is ready for operation.

Bud Ford & Mayor Widmyer groundbreaking

May 2016

Groundbreaking 

Local benefactor Bud Ford steps forward and generously donates $200,000 to the building fund.  The location in the new Memorial Plaza is approved by the city and construction begins.  Fundraising continues throughout the year as construction progresses.

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June 9, 2017

Grand Opening

The carousel opens to much fanfare and free rides for all thanks to Idaho Central Credit Union.  Over 1800 riders ride the first day!

Special Thanks

To the many generous people who made the dream a reality.  From $1 donations to major donations, it took an outpouring of support to make this happen.  What we have now is truly a miracle.  It is amazing that our carousel survived and then came back home fully intact and ready for operation. We are blessed to call it our own.