In 2003, the Silver Beach Carousel Society, Inc., began the monumental task of raising funds to create a new, million-dollar Carousel near Lake Michigan’s Silver Beach in St. Joseph, Mich. It would feature two chariots (a wheelchair-accessible sea serpent and a rocking peacock) plus 48 horses and menagerie figures, hand-carved and painted by The Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio. Around the top of the Carousel would be 18 rounding boards that would tell the area’s history using montages of computer-colorized historic photographs. It is believed to be the first time a carousel would use photographs instead of paintings. On Jan. 2, 2010, the new Carousel thrilled its first riders ... and it has been doing so ever since!