Out with the old ...
In with the new ...
It seems what goes around, comes around.  And carousels are no exception.

Until September of last year, Parkway Plaza in El Cajon, CA was home to a very rare and valuable antique wooden carousel.  This 1926 Allan Herschell portable machine, served as the mall's main attraction for some 12 years.  But all things must come to an end -- just as the magic and joy of this wonderful art piece has come to an end for this Southern California community.  It appears it was time for this old fellow to make room for a newer, and to some, more spectacular fiberglass merry-go-round.

The origin of Parkway's 1926 Herchell carousel began when the Browning Amusement Company of Salem, Oregon purchased it for their West Coast carnival circuit.  After the Amusement Company folded in the late 1960s, Curley's Dairy, also of Salem, bought the $6,000 carousel for their mini amusement park.  The park was used primarily for tours and company gatherings, but was opened for free rides to the public on Sunday afternoons in the summertime.  In 1987 the Dairy reluctantly sold the carousel to collectors when parents began to utilize it as a part time baby sitter.  At that same time it was moved to Seaside, Oregon where the townspeople eventually decided they would prefer younger, prettier horses.  Therefore, the Herschell carousel was replaced with a Barrango fiberglass model.

However, after some tender loving restoration, the Perron family (curators at the International Museum of Carousel Art in Hood River, Oregon) found it a new home at Parkway Plaza, where it entertained El Cajon residents from 1991 - 2003. The last day of operation in Parkway was September 22.  It has since been relocated to Elyria, Ohio where it entertains a whole new group of riders at Westfield's Midway Mall.