1968: Wonderland Arcade
By James Grahame
Wonderland Arcade occupied a corner of the Bonfils Building in Kansas City, Missouri from the mid-1940s until the building was renovated in 1983.
"Every season, every morning, two old ladies make their way through the milling crowd at 12th Street and Grand and enter the spectral funshow known as the Wonderland Arcade. Inside, they ignore the pinball, the screaming video games, and the hotdog breakfasts, and stride directly to the ancient mechanical fortune teller enclosing a gypsy mannequin which looks about their age. They slip in their coins, and receive a paper fortune which allows them to continue their day. Then they recede into Downtown.
The fortune-teller machine has only six fortunes to dispense. In fact, that's all it's ever had. Over the years, the ladies have collected hundreds of copies of each fortune. And still they return.
Such is the magic of this place. It is a siren's island, and there are those who cannot resist its call." ~ Kansas City Magazine, Nov 1980
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