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Grand ole find

Former rider tracks down amusement favorite

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ABOVE: The Grand Ole Carousel, former attraction at Sandy Beach Amusement Park, and its 68 snorting horses, continues to thrill riders at Six Flags, St. Louis, Mo. BELOW: This plaque greets visitors at Six Flags, St. Louis. (PHOTOS | NATIONAL CAROUSEL ASSOCIATION)

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An hour of Internet research answered an age old question for Ron Nordyke of Colorado, a frequent visitor to the San Juan/Sandy Beach Amusement Park in his youth — “What ever happened to the carousel from (the amusement park)?”

Mr. Nordyke, whose mother Mary Elizabeth Roof Nordyke was a Russells Point native, took to the Web to learn what he could about the carousel he recalls riding as a child.

He found PTC-35, also known as The Grand Ole Carousel and The Enchanted Carousel, in use and as grand as ever at Six Flags, St. Louis, Mo.

“Before the days of Kings Island and Cedar Point, I spent most summers of my youth at Indian Lake,” Mr. Nordyke related. “All of my relatives on my mom’s side were Russells Point natives, so it just stood to reason.” A grandfather also helped build some of the park attractions, he added.

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