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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Saratoga Springs in Saratoga County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

M.C. Illions Carousel

M.C. Illions Carousel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, March 29, 2019
1. M.C. Illions Carousel Marker
Inscription.  The Carousel in Kaydeross Amusement Park, Saratoga Springs was built circa 1904, and carved by Marcus C. llions-"The Master Carver” in the carousel world. Born in Lthuania in 1871, Illions worked as an apprentice woodcraver at the age of eight and later journeyed to America on a contract to carve show wagons. Upon completion of his contract, Illions chose to remain in the States where he soon becames a recognized carver of church and building facades in New York. Since his death in 1949, at age 78, many historical and splendid works of art, including carousel animals, have been left for both young and old to enjoy. A total of 6,000 carousels have been created but less than 200 exist today. Of these, the carousel at Kaydeross Park is one of six remaining Illions machines and the only two-row in existence. The Saratoga Community was at risk of losing this valuable carousel at an auction held September 26, 1987. Not willing to let such an important piece of history leave, the citizens banded together to collect enough funds for the City of Saratoga Springs to purchase the carousel. It is now necessary to raise money for the restoration
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and operation of the carousel at its new location in Saratoga Springs. All proceeds from the sale of this Limited Edition Poster will go towards these needs.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
Location. 43° 4.755′ N, 73° 47.044′ W. Marker is in Saratoga Springs, New York, in Saratoga County. Marker can be reached from Spring Street. In Congress Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saratoga Springs NY 12866, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Italian Renaissance Gardens (within shouting distance of this marker); The 77th Regiment, New York Volunteers (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Congress Park (about 500 feet away); “The Gut” or “The Valley” (about 500 feet away); Congress Spring (about 500 feet away); These Gates (about 500 feet away); Votes For Women (about 600 feet away); Columbian Spring (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saratoga Springs.
M.C. Illions Carousel Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, March 29, 2019
2. M.C. Illions Carousel Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 31, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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