Carowinds, a Charlotte
North Carolina amusement park, unveiled its new, all steel super
coaster this week.
The 32-passenger train climbs to the top of a 325 foot hill which is
followed by an 81 degree first drop, the train screaming through a
series of hills, curves and quick transitions while reaching speeds of
up to 95 miles per hour....WOW..What a Rush !!
Every theme park today seems bent on outdoing its competitors in the
roller coaster field, which is nothing new. Even as
this article is being written, I'll bet there is ANOTHER bigger,
faster coaster under secret construction somewhere in America.
Americans do love their roller coasters and it been a long lasting
In 1884, the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island,
in Brooklyn, New York. Known as a Switchback Railway, it was the
brainchild of La-Marcus Thompson. The ride blazed along at six miles
per hour and cost a whole nickel for a ticket.
This new form of entertainment was an instant success and by the turn
of the century there were hundreds of wooden roller coasters around
the country, each one being built bigger and faster than its
In this early 1900's photo two ladies in Victorian dress try vainly to
keep their large, plume hats firmly on their heads on an early wooden
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