CHARLES LOOFF (1852-1918)
was born in Denmark and immigrated to the United States in 1870 settling in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The creator of hand-carved carousel figures, he is most famous for building the first carousel at Coney Island in 1876. In addition to Coney Island, Looff built amusement parks and carousels at California’s Santa Monica Pier in 1916, Ocean Park, Redondo Beach, Venice Beach, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco, California. Looff died in 1918 in Long Beach, California and after his death, his son, Arthur Looff, continued to manage the family’s business.