The Discovery Of The Roller Coaster

1317 WordsSep 17, 20146 Pages
Several hundred years ago, a man near St. Petersburg, Russia, built a structure that has defined "amusement" worldwide. What started as a 70-foot tall wooden structure with steps leading up to a large slide covered with ice has grown into what we now know as the death-defying, thrill-inducing, modern-day roller coaster. The people who enjoyed the early Russian form of the roller coaster led the way for the French inventors to create their own version, which included waxed slides instead of ice-covered slides because of the difference in temperature between the frigid Russia and more temperate France. There is great debate about which country, Russia or France, first invented the wheeled coaster, but the fact remains that the…show more content…
This first coaster, designed by LaMarcus A. Thompson, was an instant success. Thompson, who invented many diverse things from the time he was a child, is now known as the "Father of the Roller Coaster". His roller coaster made over $600 per day the summer it opened, which is amazing considering that Thompson only charged a nickel per ride. After Thompson got things "rolling", many other inventors and investors saw the profit in roller coasters and contributed to what is now known as the Golden Age of Roller Coasters, the 1920s. During this time, nearly 2,000 coasters opened up around the country, and even into Canada. From the New York Rye Beach Aeroplane to the Crystal Beach Cyclone in Canada, roller coasters had truly taken off. Unfortunately for roller coaster enthusiasts, though, the economic and social changes of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s brought a sharp decline in the number of people with disposable income enough to attend amusement parks and ride roller coasters. As a result, few new ones were built and many were torn down during this time period. Very few of the Golden Age coasters are still in use today. Luckily, one roller coaster reversed this downward slump and "raced" into what is now the modern age of roller coasters. Kings Island, an amusement park near Cincinnati, Ohio, introduced their new coaster, The
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