Someone's favorite childhood hangout: the World's Largest Radio Flyer Wagon

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This larger than life public sculpture doubles as a one-piece playground. Every time we see a little red wagon, we’ll remember our rest stop in Spokane.

I’m a closet travel planner. When my family is preparing for a road trip, I spend a lot of time researching our journey and our destination(s). I check out library books, buy maps, read up on history and culture. And I have one secret site that I go to – it’s the special ingredient that makes our trips unique – I try to find at least one offbeat roadside attraction for every day of the trip. This summer, on day 2 of our 18 day trip, we discovered the World’s Largest Radio Flyer Wagon; and I’m a sucker for “World’s Largest” anything.

This huge public sculpture is just one of the outdoor attractions in Spokane’s 100-acre urban Riverfront Park, home to the 1974 World’s Fair.

Artist Ken Spiering spent a year constructing this giant wagon as a symbol of childhood. It was been around for over 20 years now, and I’m willing to bet that it’s been crawling with children for most of that time. The 12 feet high, 27 feet long wagon was a slide for a handle, and was constructed out of 26 tons of steel and reinforced concrete. Apparently, it can hold 300 people, but I imagine it’s more fun with about 280 less than that climbing around.

This iconic landmark has been around long enough for parents who enjoyed it as children to sit on the grass and watch their own kids repeatedly climb the ladder and descend the slide. I know we’ll be back next time we drive through Spokane.

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  1. shrista
    shrista ·

    Aw, that actually was my childhood hangout! Glad you were able to check it out on your way through Spokane!

  2. dirklancer
    dirklancer ·

    @shrista cool! What a fun spot - my kids thoroughly enjoyed themselves!

  3. lilycat
    lilycat ·

    Great article! I use to play on that wagon as child too. Thanks for some history on it.

  4. freddiefaith
    freddiefaith ·

    Yay, Spokane! I hope I can meet more Spokane members. (:

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