FIRST ROLLER COASTER ON THIS DAY IN 1884

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On June 16, 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a switchback railway, it
was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately
six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. The new entertainment
was an instant success and by the turn of the century there were hundreds of roller coasters around the country.

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LaMarcus Adna Thompson
(March 8, 1848 – May 8, 1919)

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