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Parks-Janeway Carriage House

This remarkable building is home to one of the finest collections of authentic horse-drawn vehicles to be found in the entire West - the kinds of vehicles that opened the West to modern civilization in the days when "horse-power" meant just that.

The Parks-Janeway Carriage House was built on the museum property in 1978 by the generosity of two dynamic women – Mrs. Betty Parks and Mrs. Elizabeth Bixby Janeway. The Carriage House was dedicated to the memory of both women’s husbands, Tom Parks and Ed Janeway.

When built over 30 years ago, Mrs. Parks and Mrs. Janeway had a vision that the Parks-Janeway Carriage House would not only be home to their own collection of carriages but also a place where other horse drawn vehicles, exquisite saddles and vintage horse gear could be preserved and displayed for the public’s enjoyment.

The carriages and memorabilia on display in the Carriage House hail from the famed John J. Mitchell collection; from Los Adobes de los Rancheros, and from the Janeway-Bixby and Parks family collections. Also, displayed are many vehicles that have been donated by private individuals.

A few of the carriage styles on display in the Parks-Janeway Carriage House are listed below. Note – “Carriage” is a broad category of horse-drawn vehicles. There are various styles of carriages that are known by other names.

In addition to the carriages the Parks-Janeway Carriage House has an outstanding display of saddles and tack by such famous saddle companies and artisans as Loomis, Visalia, Lichtenberger-Ferguson Co., Ed Borein and Ed Bohlin. The leather tooling and silver work on these saddles and bridles are exquisite. This collection is considered one of the museum’s most outstanding.

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