About Hanford Carousel and Freddy the Fire Truck

This historic 1939 Allan Herschell Company Carousel is one of the true jewels of our tiny town, a centrally located pride and joy. Aesthetically and mechanically, it is a masterpiece. Here are a few fast facts on the carousel: - From the early 1800’s to the 1940’s, an estimated 6,000 classic wooden carousels were constructed in North America. The Hanford Carousel is one of only 213 surviving and currently operating classic wooden carousels from that time period. - Of the Allan Herschell Company all wood carousels, the Hanford Carousel is one of only 49 surviving and currently operating carousels in North America. - The carousel was constructed for travel and designed to be portable. It features 3 rows of horses, with 30 classic horse “jumpers” (all legs off the ground) and 2 chariots. - The period of the Hanford Carousels construction was during the Art Deco era, and the design greatly reflects that. The inside panels feature art deco lighting and classic mirror panels. The Hanford Firetruck, affectionately known as “Freddy,” isn’t just for tourists. This classic Studebaker fire engine has been fully restored and takes visitors and residents on a scenic evening drive through Hanford’s classic downtown. The truck is reserved by the hour and can accommodate up to 10 adults at a time – so invite everyone you can, split the cost and have a fun tour of the downtown area. Freddy is available for booking Monday through Saturday.