Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Blast From Euclid Beach's Past Is In Our Future


John Frato and Dudley Humphrey, in the Thriller Car/photo credit: Jim McIntyre


The Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel is being prepared for installation at a new pavilion at the Western Reserve Historical Society.  It is being restored to reflect its initial appearance, as well as the remodeled art deco look the carousel took in in the 1930s.

Dudley Humphrey, whose great grandfather opened Euclid Beach in 1910 talks about growing up in the park, and the effort to raise the funds for the carousel's restoration. John Frato, President of Euclid Beach Project Now explains how the carousel was dismantled and sold when Euclid Beach closed in 1969, then repurchased, with the goal of brinigning it back to its original glory.

Frato and Humphrey vow the carousel will be open for rides in late November. And as a "Euclid Beach Boy," Frato also owns a share of the Rocket Ship Car and the Thriller Car, which you may see in local parades and are available to rent for special events.

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