The historic Cowboy Carousel is the jewel in the crown of the proposed educational, art and community center for Buffalo, Wyoming and the surrounding Bighorn Mountain region. The Cowboy Carousel has been in storage for many years and we want to bring it back to its former glory and give it a wonderful new home in our downtown historic district as the symbol of our new center. But first, we need to fix it up by restoring gears, and painting the old wooden deck, and repairing broken horses legs. We've collected some of the funds but we also want to finish paying for the restoration project so we can start on building a new home for this great work of Western history. Cost overruns on the gears have left us with more of a restoration project than we anticipated and a need for some more cash to make sure the project is a success.
The Cowboy Carousel may not the biggest or most ornate carousel in the United States, but it is an historic carousel that – like so many other Americans -- has traveled from East to West, and found a home in the heart of a small Cowboy town - Buffalo, Wyoming. Just as wonderful is the fact that it is the only Cowboy-Indian carousel in the world! It is the only working public carousel in Wyoming and so it has a unique place in Wyoming’s state history. It is also our regional carousel because the horses depicted on the carousel were a part of Western history that happened right here in the Bighorn Mountains area of Wyoming. Finally, it is Buffalo and Johnson County’s carousel as it was reborn here at the hands of our local artists and artisans. It is, therefore, the prime symbol of all that Arts Along the Bighorns is trying to do with the Cowboy Carousel Center.
We love our carousel and want it to be around for many more generations of family fun and learning. As a New Year's gift to our community we want to start the year off with a bang by finishing the restoration and paying off the debt on the carousel. It will then become a part of the new non-profit community center we are building around it which will celebrate art, culture, community and historic preservation.
That's why we asking folks who are interested in the arts and historic preservation to support our work through funding the restoration of this historic carousel. Please help us bring back the Cowboy Carousel and the magic it evokes to our community! Any extra funding will be put it towards other parts of the project -- any and all help is welcome! We have some great rewards based on the Cowboy Carousel -- and we'll even include your name as a part of that history! Please, join us and Come Along for the Ride!
Risks and challenges
We have been working for several years to find an appropriate site for the Cowboy Carousel and recently acquired a historic building in Buffalo that will serve as the center (see our video that's coming soon on the historic Beutler's building). We need to not only finish raising the funds to purchase Beutler's, but also build a new home next to it to house the Cowboy Carousel. These are big challenges! But we are up to it and have broken the project up into phases. The first phase is to pay for and restore the Carousel to its best condition ever. We'll be doing a lot of grant writing and nonprofit events to raise funds for the rest. It's a big project and an even grander vision, but we believe that restoring the Carousel will be a great step in helping to restore and revitalize our historic downtown in Buffalo, Wyoming.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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