The Port Townsend Carousel Association
Local and Worldwide Educational Projects

"Participate and Play for Peace"

carousel at WBF 1995

Above, Carousel of the Olympic Sea (During Construction)

About the Port Townsend Carousel Association

Photo above shows the Carousel of the Olympic Sea operating in 1994 at the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival.  As the carousel was completed by various classes at the Port Townsend High School, the P.T.C.A. exhibited it at the festivals in 1994-95-97-98-99. In 2000 the P.T.C.A. operated the Sausalito Carousel, a sister carousel to the Carousel of the Olympic Sea, in Port Townsend's Pope Marine Park.

The Port Townsend Carousel Association (established in 1984) is a Washington State* and Federal** non-profit corporation dedicated to carousel history and the appreciation, construction and operation of carousels made in Port Townsend WA. The local carousel we created is called "The Carousel of the Olympic Sea". Its construction has been a broad ranged school project under close supervision guidance from William H. Dentzel involving all grades of the Port Townsend Public Schools. The P.T.C.A.'s relationship with the school district came about over a period of years with classroom programs beginning in October of 1991. All funding for the Carousel of the Olympic Sea has been by private donation. Many hundreds of volunteer hours have been contributed as well as in-kind donations of materials.

Bill Dentzel
President, PTCA

*Washington State since 1984, UBI #601386635

**U.S. Federal 501(c)(3) since 1986, EIN 91-1303429

Projects Completed:

  1. 2013: Set-up of MGR#6 in Waveland, Mississippi
  2. 2007: Refurbishing of MGR#6, transport to Waveland, Mississippi.
  3. 2005: Assistance with Solar Living Institute Solar Carousel, Hopland CA.
  4. 1999: Assistance with Lenny and Joe's Magical Charity Carousel, Madison CT.
  5. 1996: Assistance with Bonnie and Steve's Carousel, McMinnville TN.
  6. 1994:  Construction of Carousel of the Delta Breeze in PTHS Vocational Department, Davis CA.
  7. 1994-2000: Operation of locally built carousels at festivals and 2000 summer season.
  8. 1991-1999, 2007: Construction of the Carousel of the Olympic Sea, donated to Waveland MS.
  9. 1991: Assistance with Bay Area Children's Museum Carousel, Sausalito CA.
  10. 1991-1999: Carousel construction and painting in Port Townsend public schools.
  11. 1986: Assistance with Jalapa/Port Townsend Sister City Carousel and Park Development Project, Jalapa, Nicaragua.
  12. 1984: Assistance with North Star Tree Farm Park Carousel, Kelsey CA.

Youtube video of MGR#8 at 2014 Wooden Boat Festival

Carousel of the Olympic Sea Homepage


William H. Dentzel, President

843 53rd Street, Port Townsend WA 98368 360-531-2812

Typical Carousel Pavilion

Dentzel Carousels Homepage

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