Brenham in Washington County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Community of Support & Respect for our Past
— Flying Horses Carousel —
"This Carousel represents a time and place we can never go back to. And, to have something like this to hand down through the years is phenomenal."
Gail Baker, Brenham Banner Press, 1986
Since its purchase, many dedicated citizens of Brenham and Washington County have been involved in the care, maintenance, and enjoyment of the Carousel.
The Carousel was cared for and operated by the Brenham Jaycees. In 1986 they raised funds for much needed restoration through their "Adopt-A-Horse" campaign. Businesses, families and civic groups adopted many of the horses, raising the necessary funds for restoration.
Jack Sommers, an antiques restorer and his daughter Gail Baker disassembled, rebuilt and repainted each horse.
In 1990 Brenham Noon Lions Club took over the responsibility of the Carousel. The Lions concluded that many of the 100 year-old parts needed to be replaced.
The original manufacturer of parts, C.W. Parker Manufacturing Co., had been purchased by Theel Manufacturing in the mid 1940's.
As luck would have it, Theel Manufacturing still had
A local welder, Don Woltmann designed a way to grease the weight bearing gear to ensure it would run smoothly for a very, very long time.
As our community has proven - It takes a village!
1. In 1986, Virginia Kessel Hodde, pictured above, adopted a horse as part of the "Adopt-A-Horse" fundraiser and was a major donor again in the 2005 campaign to raise more restoration funds.
2. Gail Baker, an accomplished artist, helped paint the horses during the 1986 restoration. Pictured above is Gail Baker and her father Jack Sommers.
3. Another fundraising effort in 2005 named "Rally Round the Carousel" helped raise funds for additional work on the Carousel. (Original campaign artwork pictured above.)
4. Mayor Milton Tate and Virginia Kessel Hodde enjoy a ride at the Grand Re-Opening of the Carousel This took place in 2008 after restoration work was completed. Just in time for Maifest!
5. Mr. Jack Sommers, pictured above, worked diligently to bring the Carousel's horses back to life in 1986.
Erected by City of Brenham.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1986.
Location. 30° 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); Horse Facts of the American Carousel (within shouting distance of this marker); Fireman's Park (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); First Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); B'Nai Abraham Synagogue (approx. 0.3 miles 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 15, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 15, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.