Curious Nashville: A Beloved-But-Mothballed Carousel Has A Chance Of Coming Back
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Curious Nashville: A Beloved-But-Mothballed Carousel Has A Chance Of Coming Back

The Tennessee Foxtrot Carousel, a work by the Nashville-born artist Red Grooms, has been in storage since 2003. It’s been 15 years since the Tennessee Foxtrot Carousel was taken down from the Nashville riverfront and put into storage. Yet, its legend lives on. Curious Nashville listeners often ask us whatever happened to the quirky ride that showcased figures from Tennessee history. One of the most recent came from Nancy Scott: Where is the Red Grooms carousel, and when/where are they going to place this Nashville treasure? WPLN has been keeping track of the carousel, which is the work of the Nashville-born artist Red Grooms, since 2016, when we found it in the care of the Tennessee State Museum . Now, it appears steps are being taken toward getting it up and running again. But first, a bit of background: The carousel spun in downtown Nashville for just five years — from 1998 to 2003 — but it left a big impression. And how could it not? Instead of the horses and benches found on a typical carousel, this one featured garish, whimsical seating in which you could ride on a guitar with Chet Atkins, share the saddle with Andrew […]

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