Myrtle Beach Carousel Horses and
The Herschell-Spillman Carousel

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First, let's go way back to May, 2003. This is when 50 carousel horses were completed and put on view \at Myrtle Square Mall's Carousel Court and food court.

They remained there until the Sun Fun Festival 2003, when they became a part of the festival parade, then they were displayed at locations throughout the city for the rest of the summer. Businesses, groups and individuals paid $5,000 to sponsor a horse. The sponsors selected the design for each horse from sketches submitted by local artists. At the end of the summer, the painted ponies (fiberglass horses) were auctioned off, and the money raised was used to benefit the effort to restore the Rivoli Theater. The Rivoli Theater was not restored and now the horses, owned by various businesses or individuals, have become scattered and often hard to locate. (I'm still searching for them, so let me know if you see any not shown on this page. )

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Above and left are the painted ponies I viewed originally at Myrtle Square Mall in May, 2003.

The remainder of the original horses photos were spotted between 2006 and 2017.

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Wally with Carousel horse at the Radisson Convention Ctr., now the Sherator
Peoples' Choice Award Carousel horse
Kay Payne, Artist
Carousel horse #1, 2 and 3 is The Peoples' Choice Award. It was painted by Kay Payne and commissioned by Santee Cooper. It is now located inside the Myrtle Beach City Hall. (#3 is a detail on the horse.) #4 is a Carousel horse now located in the back yard of a home located at Emmons Preserve, near The Market Common,
Locatged at City Hall Locatged at Chapin Museum
The Herschell-Spillman Carousel

The Herschell-Spillman Carousel was built in 1912 and was originally located at the Pavilion Amusement Park in downtown Myrtle Beach. The Pavilion closed in September of 2006, and in July 2007, the Herschell-Spillman Carousel was brought to the "Pavilion Nostalgia Park" at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, SC. It is one of only 15 working Herschell-Spillman carousels left in this country.

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Carousel at Pavilion Nostalgia Park at Broadway on the Beach. Carousel at Pavilion Amusement Park. Carousel at Pavilion Amusement Park. Herschell-Spillman Carousel horse
Below: These carousel animals represernt The Philadelphia style and the Coney Island Style of engraving. They are from a private collection and at times are on loan to Brookgreen Gardens.
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 Carouseel Horse Carouseel Horse Carousel Horse Lion - Animals Brookgreen Nightrs of a Thousand Candles

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