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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.
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
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