Steam In His Blood, Merry Go-Round In Yard


| July/August 1972



Merry-go-round

Lloyd Lehman views the merry-go-round he recently completed as it is powered by his steam traction engine in the backyard of his home at 2201 Bloomington Rd. (Staff photo)

Mary Ellen Smith

Staff Writer

We thank The Tazewell Courier newspaper of East Peoria, Illinois for permission to use the following article and picture. Article sent in by Lloyd Lehman, 2201 Bloomington, Route 5, Peoria, Illinois 61611.

The Lloyd Lehman backyard at 2201 Bloomington Rd. is different from others in the city. In the center of the yard is a merry-go-round built by 74-year-old Lehman over the past three years.

Nostalgia and his enthusiasm for building steam-powered engines prompted Lehman to undertake the task of designing the plans for and building the merry-go-round. 'When I was a boy and nickels were so scarce to ride the merry-go-rounds, I could never get my fill of rides. I suppose I've always looked up to them as a fond memory,' said Lehman. He added, 'When my buddies were building with steam, I decided to start in on something like this.'

Lehman pointed out that his 'pride and joy' is patterned after the original merry-go-rounds in that it is powered by steam with a cable running from his steam traction engine around the base.

The merry-go-round, built upon a steel tract with four stabilizing wheels, consists of eight horses, four of which have a rocking motion, lighting, a red and white metal roof, and a tape recorder disguised in what used to be a radio cabinet.