22 May 2009

Oldest wooden rollercoaster in America

Leap-the-Dips at Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania, was in operation for 83 years before closing in 1985. Many people thought that was the end of Leap-the-Dips, but people rallied to bring the coaster back and managed to raise enough money to have the old girl restored. It re-opened Memorial Day weekend, 1999, meaning that it has now been in operation for a total of 93 years.
Blogged not because it's even remotely exciting, but because it's located in Altoona, Pennsylvania. My father grew up in the nearby small railroad town of Bellwood. The coaster would have been six years old when he was born, so he and my uncles almost certainly rode it when they were children.

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