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Philadelphia Toboggan Carousel

2010 July 19

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The boardwalk that runs down Ocean Grove beach continues to the north into neighboring Asbury Park. Between the two towns, it passes through a massive decaying husk of a building that looks something like an old airport hangar. On the Asbury Park side, enough of the facade survives that you can make out the old sign that reads, in large block letters, “Casino.” Actually a small complex of buildings, the “Casino” included bumper cars, an ice rink, a movie theater, a flee market, and this carousel. It was built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1910 , which is still making carousels and roller coasters to this day.

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