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 to drive these machines (carrousels) are of a portable type, and the most convenient ever produced for this purpose. The boiler is 30 inches in diameter, 45 inches high, has 50 two-inch tubes, is
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.
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. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Hershell Carrousel Museum along and inside a fence, separating it from the parking lot, facing away from the lot. Marker is at or near this postal address: 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda NY 14120, United States of America.
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
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.)
Categories. • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 20, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 216 times since then and 32 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.