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Constructed from 1898 to 1901 by the Abilene, Kansas-local corporation, Charles W. Parker Amusement Company, the Lander Park Carousel that is now located in the Heritage Center of Dickinson County is only one of the last three surviving carousels made by the company. It is also the last unit that can be found in Abilene today, making it quite a prized possession.

The CW Parker Amusement Company only built 68 units of these 2-abreast, track type carousels. It was designed to produce a motion that mimics a real horse ride, unlike other carousels that only take riders up and down. It has 24 horses and four chariots.

Being the last tangible evidence of the existence of the great company and its products, the Lander Park Carousel, also known as the Dickinson County Parker Carousel or the Riverton Park Carousel, was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
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