Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This Day in Pop Culture: June 16, 1884

The first roller coaster
June 16, 1884
America’s thrill seekers were treated to the very first rollercoaster which opened on this day in 1884 at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York – although it didn’t quite resemble the thrills we are used to day. The switchback railway, invented by LaMarcus Thompson, traveled at a top speed of just six mile per hour. Still, it was an instant success and by the turn of the century, hundreds of other roller coasters had popped up across the country. In 1927, the historic Cyclone wooden coaster made its debut at the Coney Island and despite plans for new 4,000 foot long coaster, it is reported that the Cyclone will continue to operate.