Herschell-Spillman Steam Boiler
When Allan Herschell discovered an early carrousel in New York City, propelled by a steam boiler like the one he was manufacturing, he decided to start a carousel manufacturing business. Lumber was plentiful, German wood carvers lived in North Tonawanda, and rail and water transportation were nearby to ship out the finished product. In 1883 the first "Steam Riding Gallery" was shipped from the factory.
Disastrous real estate investments marked the demise of the Armitage-Herschell Company in the early 1900's. The assets of the Company were sold to the Herschell-Spillman Company which continued the production of steam operated carrousels and went on to become the world's largest producers of amusement rides of all kinds.
The following excerpt from an early company catalog describes the steam boiler pictured here: "The boiler and engine which we use
Inside the museum is a video of the steam boiler powering a 1905 Herchell-Spillman Steam Riding Gallery at Prairie Village in Madison, South Dakota.
This steam boiler has been donated to the museum by The Baird Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1872.
Location. 43° 1.768′ N, 78° 52.351′ W. Marker is in North Tonawanda, New York, in Niagara County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Thompson Street and Vandervoort Street. Marker is located on the grounds of the Hershell Carrousel Museum along and inside a fence, separating
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Once Around is Never Enough (within shouting distance of this marker); Proud Tribute is Here Paid (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated to the Memory of Those Who Made the Greatest Sacrifice (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sweeney Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); North Tonawanda (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Schoolhouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Gastown (approx. half a mile away); City of Tonawanda (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in North Tonawanda.
Also see . . .
1. Herschell Carrousel Museum. (Submitted on July 20, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Allan Herschell Carousel Factory - Wikipedia. (Submitted on July 20, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 318 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 20, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.