Wednesday, April 1, 1987
On this day in Rock Springs Park history, Tobin Fraley publishes his book, The Carousel Animal, which features several of William Dentzel's horses from Rock Springs Park. Nicknamed "Hobby Horse Bill," Dentzel truly was the "Merry-go-round King." As a baby, while his mother collected tickets for carousel rides, baby William slept in a soapbox cradle strapped to the horse which powered the ride. A good carver, after the death of his father, Gustav in 1909, William was especially interested in U.S. cavalry horses of the Civil War. His military mounts were featured on Rock Springs Park’s Merry-Go-Round. Rock Springs’ Carousel was the last one out of the Dentzel shop as Bill died in 1928.