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Great Northern Carousel

Helena Montana

Listing Type: City Park
City: Helena Montana
Region: Southwest Montana

The Great Northern Carousel is a family affair for Alan Nicholson, wife and five children. All have contributed in one way or another. Molly, eight years old, helped by having her class test ride the Carousel.

The carousel has two chariots and features 38 animals. Some of the hand sculptured animals are otters, bears, horses, fish, rabbits, and even a dinosaur. The animals that dance around the carousel were hand-painted by Bette Largent of Spokane, WA.

The enclosed year-round carousel is decorated with stained-glass murals of the Capitol, the fire tower, the civic center, elk, and grizzly bear. Mary Harris, a Helena artist, made the glass scenery panels. The west facing windows of the building are original stained glass from the Old Broadwater Hotel of Helena and over one hundred years old.

After a wind sweeping ride, step up to the Painted Pony Express Ice Cream stand and enjoy your favorite ice cream. Share the memory of your ride by purchasing a gift from the Carousel Gift Shop.

Directions: The Great Northern Carousel is located in the Great Northern Downtown Center. Entering from the west, proceed to Getchell and turn right, you will see the Carousel and the parking lot on your left. Entering from I-90, exit at Cedar Street exit, turn left at the signal, proceed on main road until the intersection of Main and Euclid, turn right, get into left lane, Carousel will be on your left, turn onto Getchell.

Great Northern Carousel
924 Bicenntenial Plaza, Helena, MT 59624

  • Picnicking
  • Childrens Activities
  • Merchandise
  • Public Restroom
  • Gift Shop
  • Childrens Activities
  • Non-smoking
  • Parking
  • Snack Bar
  • Handicapped Accessible

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