Residents from all four of The Loomis Communities recently gathered at the Holyoke Merry-go-Round for a ride and a talk about its history.
Jay Ducharme gave a talk about the Merry-Go-Round, its history, and former home at Mountain Park. Mr. Ducharme has spent much of his life preserving and sharing the history of the park. The Merry-Go-Round was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company and installed at Mountain Park in Holyoke in 1929. The ride features horses carved by Daniel Muller and Frank Caretta as well as hand-painted panels by Carretta. Both Muller and Caretta were well known for their artistic skills. In 1987, when the amusement park at Mountain Park closed, Holyoke residents worked to save the Merry-Go-Round and keep it in Holyoke. Their campaign was successful and the ride re-opened at Holyoke Heritage State Park in 1993. Since then, Holyoke’s “Happiness Machine” has been home to many birthday parties, weddings, wedding receptions, and hundreds of thousands of visitors who can take a ride any time of year.
Following Jay’s talk, all were invited to take a spin!
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