Friday, August 21, 2015

101 North: Eureka, Harper Ford Carousel


Harper Ford Carousel  4800 Hwy. 101 N, 2 mi. N of town, (877) 285-6677, (707) 443-7311.  Daily noon-4pm.  Free.  Amazingly, a classic 1947 Allan Herschell wood carousel has operated at this car dealership since 1992!  Any dullness resulting from its exposure to the elements is periodically spiffed up with automobile paint, leading to some horses in unusual colors.  Of the 30 horses, 15 are original wood ones and 15 are replacements in aluminum.  Each has its own theme and name.  One of the oldest Ford dealerships in the United States, Harper Ford was established in 1912 by Harvey Harper's father, Harvey Mitchell Harper, who arrived in Eureka from Phoenix, Arizona, after a 40-day journey in a 1912 Ford Model T.

1947 Allan Herschell carousel at Harper Ford dealership in Eureka, California

1947 Allan Herschell carousel at Harper Ford dealership in Eureka, California

1947 Allan Herschell carousel at Harper Ford dealership in Eureka, California

1947 Allan Herschell carousel at Harper Ford dealership in Eureka, California

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