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Bearing failure closes Missoula’s carousel until further notice

Posted at 2:06 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 23:39:45-04

MISSOULA – A main bearing failure is idling one of Missoula’s fun spots, forcing “A Carousel for Missoula” to close indefinitely.

Operators of the popular family attraction announced Tuesday that the bearing — which powers the antique carousel — has broken and it will take several weeks to find, or even build, a replacement. Then it will take additional time to install the new bearing.

A main bearing failure is idling one of Missoula’s fun spots, forcing “A Carousel for Missoula” to close indefinitely. (Dennis Bragg/MTN News photo)

In the meantime, the group says it’s just not safe to operate the ride. The gift shop will remain open in the time being, and the newly-renovated Dragon Hollow playground will be open as usual.

The volunteers say they are “doing everything within our power” to get the carousel “up and running as quickly as possible.”

Reporting by Dennis Bragg for MTN News