The Cowboy Carousel Center

The Cowboy Carousel Center

cowboy-carousel-8The Cowboy Carousel Center  is a project of the Carousel Committee that is working on the revitalization of the historic Beutler’s Building in downtown Buffalo on Lobban in the developing arts district known as Artisan’s Row.  The idea is to purchase  both this historic 1925 Spillman Carousel with locally crafted horses, refurbish it and relocate it as the center piece of the old Beutler’s building in Buffalo’s Downtown Historic District.

This will bring history, art and much-needed economic and community centered activity to the downtown district.  This is a projected designed after the unanimously approved Buffalo Downtown Plan of 2008 and follows classic Wyoming Main Street ideas. Before he died, Emerson Scott, sold the the historic carousel to the Buffalo Development Association to develop a downtown location for it or by another other public entity.  Along with the originals of the carved horses, Steamboat and the Indian Pony there is a wagon and a sleigh constructed just for this this carousel’s theme based on historic events in the Big Horn Mountain region of Wyoming.

This carousel is important, therefore, historically as a 1925 Spillman Carousel and artistically, as a carousel restored with horses and figures carved by noted local artisans, which makes Artisan’s Row on Lobban in Buffalo the perfect location.  As such, it would be an important cornerstone to Buffalo’s historic downtown district and is certainly an important cultural part of Buffalo’s history that will be preserved for generations to come.  Add to this a center for the arts, music, film, classes for art and art education, education for the community, a community events and meeting place — along with the fact that the Cowboy Carousel is much beloved and a major tourist attraction — and the groundwork has been laid for a successful new life for this historic carousel in its 87th year.