The History of Roller coasters

The History of Roller Coasters

The History of Roller Coasters

1600-09-01 00:00:00

The first roller coaster

The first roller coasters were ice slides up to 70 feet high. You would slide down on ice or wood sleds crashing into sand piles.

1885-07-20 15:20:39

First chain lift roller coaster

Gravity Pleasure featured the first lift system which was made by Phillip Hinkle. The cars allowed people to face forward instead of sitting in a awkward position.

1892-07-20 15:20:39

Cedar point gets their first roller coaster

The parks first roller coaster was called The Switchback Railway. It was 25 feet high and reached a top speed of 10 miles per hour.

1934-09-01 00:00:00

The Tumbling Bug is added to cedar point

The Tumble Bug was one of few new roller coasters built in the early 40's and is still around today.

1976-09-01 00:00:00

Six Flags opens

Six Flags was first opened in 1976 and was called Marriotts Great America. In 1987 the name changed to Six Flags Great America.

1981-09-01 00:00:00

The American Eagle opens

When the American Eagle was built it was the tallest and fastest wood roller coaster of its time. It still remains one of the favorites at Six Flags Great America.

2003-05-04 00:00:00

Top Thrill Dragster opens

Held the record for fastest and tallest for 2 years until King Da Ka was built on may 21 2005.If it is even drizzling or windy you cant ride

2012-05-16 00:00:00

X Flight Opens

12 stories 55 mph sit in pairs on the sides of the track with legs dangling 3000 feet of drops and spins

2026-07-05 00:00:00

Future Roller coasters

When roller coasters are built in the future one of the rides will go through the years starting in the 70s and you will be riding a 1980s Schwinn paper route bike

The History of Roller coasters

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