The 5 Oldest Coasters
Roller coasters have been around for over 100 years. The 1920s were the Golden Ages of roller coasters. Unfortunately most parks had to close during the Great Depression and World War II. A few parks survived though and their coasters survive to this day. Since steel coasters weren’t invented until 1959, all of these coasters are wooden.
5. Jack Rabbit at Seabreeze Park – 1920
Jack Rabbit is an out-and-back coaster. It was almost destroyed by a fire in 1923.
4. Wild One at Six Flags America – 1917
Wild One was originally built at Paragon Park in Massachusetts. It was moved to Six Flags America in 1986.
3. Rutschebanen at Tivoli Gardens – 1914
Originally built for a traveling fair, Rutschebanen was moved to Tivoli Gardens in 1914. The coaster rides through an artificial mountain and has a brakeman to slow the trains if they get going too fast.
2. Scenic Railway at Luna Park – 1912
Celebrating its 100th birthday this year, Scenic Railway is the oldest continuously operating coaster in the world.
1. Leap the Dips at Lakemont Park – 1902
The oldest coaster in the world, Leap the dips is one of the few side friction coasters remaining today. This means that there are no large drops or hills. Instead the layout is a double figure-8, gradually sloping down to the ground. It was closed in 1976 but was saved from demolition and reopened in 1999.
It’s interesting to see how different coasters were 100 years ago.
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