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Tiny Town

Everything in this miniature world was handmade from matches, paperclips, wires, tin cans, and other everyday objects. 


As a teenager living in Louisiana in the 1930s, Frank Moshinskie would build a miniature city with his train set every Christmas. One year, he decided to never take it down.

For decades, Moshinskie kept building up his tiny train world, until it grew so large and impressive it became a neighborhood hangout in his hometown. Then in 1962, a tornado ripped the roof off the tiny town, and Moshinskie used the insurance money to move the model to Hot Springs, Arkansas, one of his favorite places to visit.

Today, guests are taken on a tour of Tiny Town and shown all the little facets that make this place so unique. Everything you see is made from scratch using any materials that Moshinskie could get his hands on—matches, sawdust, toothpicks, and so on. The most expensive storebought item cost just 4 dollars.

This delightful bit of Americana includes landmarks and celebrities from all over the U.S., as well as some interactive areas like a firing range in the miniature shooting gallery, and a mini floor where visitors can make the tiny figures dance.

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Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays). The entrance fee is $6 for adults.

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