The park began in 1896 as a merry-go-round meant to attract customers to the Highlands Cottage restaurant. It expanded over the years and consistently attracted huge crowds until July 19, 1963 when a massive, buzz-killing fire destroyed the park.
Amazingly, the original carousel survived and currently resides out in Faust Park. Taking a ride on this carousel continues to be a right of passage for St. Louis youngsters. Funnily enough, MetroBus #91 will take you right there!
Have a great weekend!