Saturday, June 11, 2011
Looff Carousel - 1911 - Santa Cruz CA
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's Looff Carousel is a National Historic Landmark and local treasure.
In August of 1911 one of the great carousel carvers of all time delivered the merry-go-round to the Boardwalk. Danish woodcarver Charles I.D. Looff had achieved success with his first complete carousel placed at Coney Island in 1875 and went on to create several more around the country, including Santa Cruz. Charles' son Arthur Looff later built the Boardwalk's Giant Dipper.