Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Horse Facts of the American Carousel
Realistic looking horses/animals, which normally were carved with very lifelike poses and expressions.
Types of Horses
Jumper: describes a horse/figure that has all four feet off the platform.
Stander: describes a horse/animal that has three or all four feet touching the platform.
Prancer: describes a horse/animal that has the two back feet on the platform, and two front feet in the air.
Coney Islander Style
Fanciful or spirited horse, many of which had wild, flowing manes and highly decorated trappings, often with flowers or jewels.
The most highly-decorated side of a Carousel horse is called the Romance Side. Most Carousel horses, especially outside-row horses, carried much more decorations on the side of the horse that was going to be seen by the public than on the side that faced towards the center of the carousel. On American Carousels, the Romance Side is on the right side of the horse - on English Carousels, it is on the left because American Carousels rotated counterclockwise while the English
Country Fair Style
Smaller, very stylized horses that were intended to be transported from place to place and not installed on a permanently-placed carousels.
Horses were much more elaborate and were made with more detail and frills.
Horses were built lighter, smaller, and simpler for easy travel and affordable freight costs.
The popularity of the American Carousel soared and at one time estimated to be around 4,000 Carousels with beautiful carved horses that graced the U.S.
Today, that number has dwindled to fewer than 150. Brenham's Flying Horses Carousel is only one of five surviving classic wood Carousels that exist in Texas.
According to the National Carousel Association, Brenham's Flying Horses Carousel is the oldest Carousel in Texas!
Menagerie (muh-naj-uh-ree) Figures refer to any Carousel animal that is not a horse, such as lions, bears, deer, pigs, goats, giraffes, rabbits and cats.
1. Photo by Anne Hinds, Barbara Williams Collection
2. Coney Island B&B Carousel Illions Horse - Courtesy of Peter Greenberg
3. Dare horse at Fireman's Park, Brenham, Texas
Erected by City of
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas.
Location. 30° 10.402′ N, 96° 24.033′ W. Marker is in Brenham, Texas, in Washington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Park Street and Davis Street. The marker is located in the north section of the Fireman's Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 North Park Street, Brenham TX 77833, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Golden Age of the American Carousel (a few steps from this marker); Flying Horses Carousel (a few steps from this marker); Fireman's Park (a few steps from this marker); Community of Support & Respect for our Past (within shouting distance of this marker); The Brenham Maifest (within shouting distance of this marker); Lest They Be Forgotten (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Brenham Public Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Methodist Church (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brenham.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 14, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 171 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 14, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.