Jantzen Beach was one of the great Northwest amusement parks, located on an island in the Columbia River North of Portland, Oregon. Sadly, that park closed many years ago. The land was cleared, and is now occupied by a gigantic shopping center including several big-box type stores and a most unremarkable shopping mall. Well, it isn't totally unremarkable.
You see, offset from the center of the mall, is a very large semicircular atrium behind the tiny food court. In this atrium is an enormous C. W. Parker carousel.
Carousel rides are $1 each on this antique machine. It is in good shape, but nearly-inaudible music comes from tiny speakers scattered around the ride instead of from a proper band organ. It is so quiet that you can easily hear the shuddering and creaking noises coming from the operating carousel. The machine is gorgeous, with many figures and two chariots. It is a four-row machine except for the one row in front of one of the chariots. That row has not four, but SIX little kiddie ponies, perhaps so that this could claim to be a six-abreast machine.
|Ride name||Manufacturer||Common Name|
|Carousel||C. W. Parker||Spectacular Carousel|
The carousel at the Jantzen Beach SuperCenter operates daily from 10:00am until 10:00pm.
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