KENNEWICK, WA - The crown for the Gesa Carousel of Dreams is now sitting at its new home at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex in Kennewick.
Crews with CRF Metal Works and Lampson International left North Pasco around 10 o'clock Monday morning, carrying the 25-foot wide Cupola on a flatbed truck.
Kennewick Police escorted the oversize load in patrol cars and on motorcycles, as it drove down Oregon Avenue, over the Cable Bridge into Kennewick, and along Hildebrand Boulevard to it's new location.
Carousel of Dreams board members say Monday's move is a significant step in the structure's progress.
"We're at the end of completing this big project," said board member Ken Johanning, who actually picked up the carousel from New Mexico back in 2003 and brought it to the Tri-Cities. "With a lot of help and a lot of people coming forward in the last two years, obviously I'm overwhelmed that we're that close."
The cupola will now stay at the Southridge Sports and Events Complex for a few days until the construction process to install it gets underway.
The Carmel carousel was originally built and delivered to the Silver Beach Amusement Park in St. Joseph, Michigan back in 1910. The Fred Dolle Company of North Bergen, New Jersey built it with horses carved by Charles Carmel, 3 rows of horses and 3 chariots on the deck. The carousel operated for 63 years at Silver Beach until it was sold to Marianne Stevens of Roswell, New Mexico where it lived before coming to the Tri-Cities.