Thank You for Visiting

The Friends of Cottage Grove Carousel have been working hard during this difficult time. We unfortunately are closed to visitors due to Covid-19. As soon as it is safe to open up we plan on doing so. We have so much to show you!

About our Lion

This lion has a lot of history. It began when Jim Wilson of Crooked River Ranch posted a news release on the Woodcarver List saying he was organizing a carving event and it attracted carvers from all across the United States. This was a noncommercial fund-raising event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He selected teh MGM Grand Hotel and Casino to host the carving event as they have a large collection of lions.  The carving team’s lion was larger than life-size, standing about 57 inches high and 7 feet long. (without the tail.) The Carving team had never worked together before and ranged in age from 40-year-old sculptor to a 60-year-old grandmother. After all the hard work Wilson took the lion on his 26-city tour. His carving tour made its way to Atlanta, New York, Denver, San Fransico, and many more. Eventually, it ended up back in Las Vegas where the lion was auctioned off.  Years later who knew that this famous Lion would be homed in Cottage Grove Oregon due to the generous donation from Ken Means. 

Please Adopt Me!

The Friends of the Cottage Grove Carousel Adoption/Sponsorship Fundraiser for Land Acquisition. Be a Part of the Carousel and Help Support our Next Step! 

The Unicorn magically changed from a horse to a UNICORN! Originally, it was a 1929 Allen Herschell “Jumper” horse. Carousel artist Donna Edsel, hand-carved a spiral horn which was fastened on its head and the she handpainted it. 


Who Can Adopt?  Any Individual, Group, Family, or Business. Each Animal is priced by their position on the carousel.  We have a flexible payment plan and accept checks, cash, and credit cards.  When you adopt you receive a photo certificate of the animal you adopted and a name plague placed on the carousel in recognition of your adoption. 

We also have carousel parts that you can sponsor. Contact Judd BVan Gorder at (541)  942-0046 or Russ McGuire at (541) 419-6635 form more information. 


We are so excited to be able to show you all the beautiful animals that have been hand-painted here in Cottage Grove by our AWESOME Volunteers!  SCROLL BELOW.

Our Gallery of Horses

We are a NonProfit 501C3

and are fully run by a group of wonderful hard-working volunteers


Learn More

Do you have a special skill you are wanting to share with us?  We welcome volunteers to contact us today!

We are in Cottage Grove

We are located out Hwy 99, in the Industrial Park.  1780 Carnegie Way. 


We Have PayPal!

You can feel safe about sending a tax-free donation thru the internet! 



Do you have a fundraising idea? Are you proficient in Grant Writing?  We are always welcoming help in these two areas.

Drop Us a Line

We would love to hear from you. Feel free to send us an email and we will get back to you.