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What goes around is coming around again.

As prancing ponies leap and the band organ blares into warm autumn air, choose your steed and ride back into childhood. Once at least 7,500 merry-go-rounds twirled in American parks; today only about 140 remain.

But these hand-carved wooden dream machines are on the comback in the West, which claims about 44. Some classic ones, like the one at Los Angeles' Griffith Park (above), have been declared historic landmarks.

California boasts more carousels than any state but New York. This year, California has added three restored gems: a 1910 English clockwise carousel at Oak Meadow Park in Los Gatos, near San Jose; a 52-horse 1907 Philadelphia Toboggan Company machine at Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry; and a small 1926 Alan Herschell merry-go-round at San Diego's Parkway Plaza Mall.

Portland has a major carousel museum; call (503) 233-40408 or 235-2252. And, you can join the American Carousel Society ($15 yearly), 1015 Munich St., San Francisco 94112; or National Carousel Association ($25), Box 4333, Evansville, Ind. 47724.
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