Carousel on the Mall

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Carousel on the Mall - The carousel near the Smithsonian Castle
Carousel on the Mall - Historical marker
Carousel on the Mall - Carousel on the Mall
Carousel on the Mall - Hot dog of wisdom and indigestion
Carousel on the Mall - Too old to ride :(
Carousel on the Mall - Nearby snack stand
Carousel on the Mall - An oldie

Carousel on the Mall Washington Reviews

Zagnut66 Zagnut66
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Carousel on the Mall Sep 03, 2013
Near the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall sits a carousel that most people pass without notice unless they have young children in tow. I had never paid much attention to it until I happened to read an accompanying historical marker while eating a hot dog from a nearby stand (a man can learn much in this world while eating a hot dog).

The carousel was built in 1947 and originally sat in a segregated amusement park in Baltimore. When the civil rights movement got going in the 1950s, activists picketed the amusement park for its whites only admission policy. In 1963 the owners finally relented and on August 28, 1963, the first black patrons were allowed in. This was the same day as the March on Washington and Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech delivered at the Lincoln Memorial.

When the park closed in 1981 the carousel was moved to Washington where it has become a fixture on the National Mall. It's a fun stop if you're lugging around children or just want to sit on a nearby bench and rest your feet for a few minutes and people watch. There is a minimal ticket fee. Right next to it is a so-so snack stand where I bought the hot dog that has a few tables under the trees. An interesting bit of history overshadowed by the grand monuments and museums that surround it.
The carousel near the Smithsonian …
Carousel on the Mall
Historical marker
Too old to ride :(
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cotton_foam says:
my late congrats, Bill to this featured review!
Posted on: Sep 10, 2013
monky says:
Congrats on your featured review Bill!:D
Posted on: Sep 05, 2013
IndoIan says:
Interesting Review Bill...congrats with the AWARD...Maybe you get an award for eating hotdogs...lol
Posted on: Sep 05, 2013
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