The carousel at Trimper’s Rides is one of the oldest in America
There can be no doubt that Trimper’s Rides is one of Ocean City’s all-time greatest attractions. But for all that rich history and the guarantee of lifelong memories of fun for you and your family, perhaps there is nothing more symbolic of the fifth-generation institution than its legendary, one-of-a-kind merry-go-round.
“Technically, there is a difference between a merry-go-round and a carousel,” advises Gordon “Brooks” Trimper, the operations manager and chairman of the board of Trimper’s. “A merry-go-round consists only of horses; whereas, a carousel can include multiple species of animals. Ours is what we call a ‘menagerie,’ meaning we have a dozen different species of carriage animals for riders to choose from. Therefore, we have a carousel.”
That carousel was purchased by Daniel B. Trimper, Brooks’ great-great-grand-father, back in 1912. It is 50 ft. in diameter and was manufactured by the Herschell-Spillman Company of North Tanawanda, NY.
Not only is the carousel considered one of the oldest operational carousels in the U.S., the only other one of its kind made at the time by Herschell-Spillman was sent to the country’s original capital of amusements, Coney Island, and that one was later consumed by fire. Today, Trimper’s landmark carousel hosts approximately 170,000 visitors a season and has been named one of “America’s Best Carousels” by Travel+Leisure.
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