“Wild Things” Carousel

“Wild Things” Carousel

Our vintage carousel was built in the 1940’s and moved to Patee House in 2003. It features a set of unique animals carved by St. Joseph native, Bruce White. Each animal has its own name such as Fred the raptor, Sam the patriotic bald eagle, and Mako the shark. The oldest animal is the dragon-headed chariot, which was part of the Lake Contrary Amusement Park carousel built in 1902. When the park closed in 1964, the chariot was donated to the museum, later being added on to the “Wild Things” carousel.