Only two sources uncovered so far make note of Rainbow Gardens, and only in reference to a carousel that operated there. According to those sources, the park opened in 1927 and closed in 1971. The closing date is close to that of Sans Souci Park, which according to author C. Charles Ciesla, is where this carousel was rumored to have come from.
The carousel was in operation as of 2005 at Spring River Park, also known as the Roswell Zoo, in Roswell, New Mexico. It was built in 1927 by Spillman Engineering, and features three rows of all wooden horses, menagerie animals, and chariots. The menagerie includes three roosters, two deer, two dogs, and one each of a pig, rhinoceros, zebra, ostrich, swan, tiger, lion and cow. The chariots are attributed to Muller & Dentzel, with the rest of the figures a collection of various carvers. It was donated to the city of Roswell by Marianne Stevens in 1971.
Further research is needed to discover whether or not Rainbow Gardens actually existed, if it was an incorrect name given to Sans Souci Park, or if it was possibly another Rainbow Gardens located elsewhere and miss-listed as being in Wilkes-Barre. Mail inquiries sent to the Roswell park and to the National Carousel Association have not yet received a response.
Last updated: 1/7/2010
- Sans Souci Park, by C. Charles Ciesla
- National Carousel Association Web Census