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A young cowboy enjoys a ride on the 1913 Parker Carousel at the C.W. Parker Carousel Museum in Leavenworth.

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Daytripper: First-rate attractions in first city of Kansas

There’s nothing quite like a carousel ride for the young and the young at heart. Listening to the cheerful organ music playing as you glide along on a brightly painted pony while the outside world, with its stresses and cares, blurs to meaninglessness, is probably as close to paradise as an earthbound mortal can get.

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