"The Childhood Express" 1990
Artist: Ken Spiering
Riverfront Park
Spokane, Washington

The Junior League of Spokane plaque, dated August 18, 1990 reads: This sculpture is dedicated to Spokane's children, as a reflection of the past, created in the present, to last into the future.
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Supersized
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The Childhood Express 1990
Artist: Ken Spiering external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:13:20 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 15 October 2017)
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The Childhood Express sculpture was a supersized, children's red wagon with the words "Radio Flyer" on its side.


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Slide And Stairs
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The Childhood Express 1990
Artist: Ken Spiering external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:13:21 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 15 October 2017)
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The back of the wagon had stairs leading up into it. The handle was a slide.


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Westley Poised
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The Childhood Express 1990
Artist: Ken Spiering external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:13:36 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 15 October 2017)
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Westley was poised to slide down while his grandfather watched from behind.


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Westley Slid
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The Childhood Express 1990
Artist: Ken Spiering external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:13:39 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 15 October 2017)
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Westley slid down the slide toward the oversized handle for the wagon.


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Walk Under
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The Childhood Express 1990
Artist: Ken Spiering external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:15:21 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 15 October 2017)
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Kids could even walk under the wagon on the way back to the stairs from the slide.


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Huge Bolt
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The Childhood Express 1990
Artist: Ken Spiering external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:15:29 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 15 October 2017)
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A huge bolt connected the wheels to the slide.


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The Sign
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The Childhood Express 1990
Artist: Ken Spiering external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:17:52 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 15 October 2017)
© 2017 Terry Costales
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A brass sign near the wagon's handle, read in part:

"The Childhood Express"
by Ken Spiering
Summer 1990
A lasting legacy to commemorate the
Washington state centennial
honoring the children of Spokane-
past, present, and future.


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Wagon's Front
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The Childhood Express 1990
Artist: Ken Spiering external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:18:10 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 15 October 2017)
© 2017 Terry Costales
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A front view of the wagon without people to clutter the art. But note that the garbage cans also give scale.


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Portrait Of Wagon
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The Childhood Express 1990
Artist: Ken Spiering external link
Riverfront Park external link
Spokane, Washington external link
(Date Photographed: 11:18:39 Thursday 16 June 2016)
(Date Published: Sunday 15 October 2017)
© 2017 Terry Costales
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A portrait of the wagon backed by mature trees and flanked by benches.


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