Ferris Wheel, Big Boy, Bus.

Retro Theme Oasis

Field review by the editors.

Fort Smith, Arkansas

Sure, we were already late getting to Judge Parker's Gallows, but how could we not pull off for a London double-decker bus full of dummies?

The Park at West End, in the city's historic district, is in a lot turned into a tiny amusement park. Described as a "retro fun park" when it opened in 2006, it includes a 1957 Pullman dining rail car (now the "Boomerang Diner"), a 56-ft. tall Ferris wheel that operated at the 1935 San Diego World's Fair, a hand-painted carousel, an arcade, and a big fiberglass rooster statue.

The Park at West End.

The red bus is a 1963 British Leyland, with its lower level converted into a snack stand. A uniformed mannequin sits in the driver's seat. The upper level is inhabited by an assortment of clothing store mannequins -- mostly kids. On top of the bus -- a Big Boy hoisting a burger.

Fort Smith knows its retro-fun magnets.

Update Sept. 2020: Though more fiberglass statues have been added on the property, the bus windows have been painted over -- marring some Roadside America appeal for this attraction.

Retro Theme Oasis

The Park at West End

Address:
15 N. 2nd St., Fort Smith, AR
Directions:
The Park at West End. Downtown. On the west side of N. 2nd St. between US Hwy 64/Garrison Ave. and Hwy 255/N. A St.
Hours:
Gates open W-F 4-9, Sa 10-10. Closed Nov-Mar. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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