Ferris Wheel, Big Boy, Bus.

Double-Decker Bus with Dummies

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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 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.

Double-Decker Bus with Dummies

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:
Opens F 4 or 5, Sa 10 or noon. Closed Nov-Mar.
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