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This item can be restored. Please see Western Express Kiddie Ride/Restoration
Kiddie rides were a fixture on American sidewalks in the '50s and '60s. And who doesn't love a wild-west stagecoach?
- Fact 1: The Western Express ride was introduced in 1954 in response to the growing popularity of television westerns. The machine originally costed $898.
- Fact 2: The first coin-operated kiddie ride was a mechanical horse built in the 1920s by the Hahs-Groves Company of Missouri.
- Fact 3: Coin-operated kiddie rides made the from boardwalks and amusement parks to supermarkets and storefronts in the 1950s.
- Fact 4: The Bally Manufacturing Company took its name from the first game it produced, a pinball machine called "Ballyhoo".
- Fact 5: Having manufactured a wide variety of products, in the last 20 years Bally has spun off its video game, pinball, and fitness divisions to focus on casino gambling.