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Coeur d’Alene Carousel attracts 250-350 daily, backers want more

Brian and Lisa Boyer ride the Historic Playland Pier Carousel Tuesday afternoon. The Coeur d’Alene Carousel Foundation is questioning whether to have the carousel open during large community events. (Loren Benoit/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)
Brian and Lisa Boyer ride the Historic Playland Pier Carousel Tuesday afternoon. The Coeur d’Alene Carousel Foundation is questioning whether to have the carousel open during large community events. (Loren Benoit/Coeur d'Alene Press photo)

Monica Hayes watched her kids’ faces beam on Tuesday as the Coeur d’Alene Carousel spun them back to Playland Pier, where children of Coeur d’Alene first experienced the magic of the merry-go-round in 1942.

The 95-year-old carousel’s reopening at Memorial Field seven weeks ago is allowing new and experienced riders a taste of Coeur d’Alene’s history, but custodians of the vintage ride want to see more people taking the time to take a spin.

“For being newly opened, we’re very happy, but we want to increase it in the future,” said Coeur d’Alene Carousel Foundation board secretary Rita Snyder/Loren Benoit, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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