Historical Flavor: Roller Coasters
Sandra Ardoin @SandraArdoin
School is out and the amusement parks are packed with people looking for a thrill. Many find it with a heartstopping ride on a roller coaster.
Did you know Coney Island in New York put the first American roller coaster to work? The Coney Island coaster opened in June of 1884. This “Switchback Railway” went a whopping six miles per hour. I can’t even imagine the excitement. 🙂 The craze began and the rides evolved in height, design, and speed up to about the era of the Great Depression. Hard times meant little money for those fun excursions.
The first steel-tube coaster opened at Disneyland in 1959. It’s been … ahem … a race up and down hill since. Carowinds Amusement Park, straddling the line between North and South Carolina, opened the largest giga coaster (one that reaches a height of 300+ feet) in 2015. The Fury 325 is a mile-and-a-quarter long, with a 300-foot drop, and can clock up to 95 miles per hour.
Oddly, the Fury 325 didn’t make the 2016 video below from Titan Top List that describes the five most extreme roller coasters worldwide. Just don’t watch it on a full stomach.
Are you a roller coaster rider? Do you have a favorite? Do you prefer the new giga coasters or the wooden coasters of the past?
I do not like rollercoasters. I get dizzy too easy. 🙂 When I was a little girl, our neighborhood amusement park had a wooden rollercoaster. I did ride that a few times.
I liked them better when I was growing up, too, Melissa. Maybe, as we get older, life offers enough of a thrill ride. 🙂
Oh my word! My palms are sweaty just watching the video. Um, no, thank you. Space Mountain is more my style and speed. lol. Happy Tuesday, Sandy!
You know I like spending time in the mountains, but a ride with the word “mountain” in it … probably not! 🙂 Happy Tuesday back at you!