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1924 carousel built in Buffalo area will return to region

October 7, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — An 80-year-old carousel built in the Buffalo area and kept in storage for decades will be returning to western New York as part of the ongoing effort to bring attractions to the city’s Lake Erie waterfront district.

Officials announced Tuesday that $600,000 in state funding will help refurbish the menagerie carousel and move it to Canalside.

The carousel was made in 1924 by a company in North Tonawanda. A Massachusetts man owned and operated the carousel in the Boston area before he died in 1952.

His family has kept the carousel in storage ever since, including the past 27 years at Carousel Works, a Mansfield, Ohio, company that will handle the restoration.

A local group is buying the carousel through a grant from a Buffalo-based philanthropic organization.

Plans call for the carousel to be in operation in 2017.

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