The first roller coaster ever


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What was the world's first roller coaster?

We don't have an answer for you as to what the world's first roller coaster was but we do have some roller coaster history for you to take for a spin.

The predecessors to the roller coaster were the Russian ice slides, first built in the 1600's.

These rides had a wooden sled which would slide down a huge drop on a sheet of ice before being slowed at the bottom by sand.

There is reference that in the Gardens of Orienbaum in St. Petersburg the first ride was built in 1784 which had wheels.

A more popular belief is that the French imported the ice slide but the ice kept melting so they added wheels so they could enjoy the ride all year long.

The first two confirmed roller coasters were in existence by 1817 in France and were called the 'Les Montagues Russes a Belleville' and 'Promenades Aeriennes'.

The first roller coaster in America was called the 'Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway' at Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York and was built by LaMarcus Thompson in 1884.


The Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway


The first roller coaster ever

The first roller coaster ever

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