This Roadside Attraction
World's Largest Red Wagon, Radio Flyer, 6515 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60707
Radio Flyer commissioned this World’s Largest Wagon in honor of their 80th anniversary. The larger-than-life red sculpture, constructed of 6 tons of steel, is nine times the size of a normal little red wagon and weighs in at a whopping 15,000 pounds (that is 6,800 kilograms). The giant toy stretches at a length of twenty-seven feet long and thirteen feet wide and can fit 75 children (or, I suppose, one giant giant).
While this statue is now dubbed the biggest wagon in the world now, this wasn’t the first roadside attraction Radio Flyer was a part of. At the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, Antonio Pasin had a 45-foot tall wood and plaster Coaster Boy constructed. It depicted a boy riding a Liberty Coaster wagon and was a hit of the fair.
While I don’t know the fate of that project, the current world’s largest wagon can be found outside the company’s headquarters in Elmwood Park, Illinois, just outside of Chicago.
Site: The World’s Largest Radio Flyer Wagon
Address: 6515 W. Grand Ave. in Elmwood Park, Illinois
Hours: Always Visible (but a fence around the property might obstruct your view)
Cost: Free to See