Posts Tagged ‘Kit’

Oct 13 2019

Kit Carson County Carousel (Burlington, CO)

Kit Carson County Carousel Wooden Token

This is the second time we have visited the Kit Carson Carousel. It sits on the edge of the Kit Carson County fairgrounds in the small town of Burlington, Colorado. The first time we visited the carousel we were driving Interstate 70 from Colorado to Kansas to visit family.  We were looking for a good place to stop for a little bit and stretch our legs.  It was such a neat place to visit we told other family members about it and the next time we were driving through we stopped to share the experience with them!

The carousel was #6 of the 74 carousels made by Philadelphia Toboggan Company.  It was made in 1905 for the Elitch Gardens amusement park and was used until 1927.  In 1928 Kit Carson County purchased the carousel for $1,200 (the price included shipping).

The carousel animals are stationary with three animals per row.  The original Wurlitzer band organ has been restored and plays music when the carousel is in motion. The carousel is inside a 12 sided framed building on the edge of the fair grounds with a museum and small gift shop beside it.  It is the only antique carousel that still has the original paint on both the panels and animals. Most modern carousel go approximately 8 mph, however, the Kit Carson one goes a whopping 12 mph.

The carousel has quite an interesting history. During the Great Depression the carousel spent several years in storage. They local town stored grain inside the building that housed the carousel. At one point 3 of the animals were stolen and later found in another state. It was designated a National Historic Site in 1978 and National Historic Landmark in 1987.

If you are in the area or driving through on I70 we would encourage you to stop and explore this neat carousel. It only costs 25 cents to ride the carousel and $1 to visit the museum.

Riding the Kit Carson County Carousel

Flowers at the Kit Carson Carousel

Going for another ride on the carousel!

All smiles!

Kit Carson Carousel building

Other side of the wooden token!

Jan 08 2014

Thames & Kosmos Air + Water Power

Science Experiments

The girls are fascinated and focused on their first experiment with their Thames & Kosmos Air & Water Power Kit.

It was successful! 🙂

Brina and Karlie have been enjoying doing various science experiments, robotics, and more science fun.  Grandpa and Grandma gave the girls a Thames & Kosmos Air + Water Power set for Christmas.  The girls have really enjoyed putting it together and making it work.  They are super excited to check out all the cool things they can build and run with air and water power.  They are  thrilled to learn about the law of physics and how air + water can power various items.

With this kit they can learn about Pneumatic Hydraulic Engines by building their own models which are powered by air and water pressure.  They can build items with engines powered both by water jet propelled cars and hydro pneumo (air pressure + water pressure).  There are 15 models including a cutting machine, truck, excavator, radar car, tank, antique car, helicopter, motorbike, backhoe, rocket car, forklift, roadster, propeller plane, and grinder.

Thames & Kosmos Air + Water Power