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National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives

NRCMA works to discover, preserve, interpret and share the historical heritage of the roller coaster for present and future generations. Our goal is to protect these artifacts and make them accessible to those who love roller coasters and amusement parks!

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We are nothing without the support of our fans and the amusement industry.

Your generosity is helping to preserve ride vehicles, blueprints and other priceless artifacts for generations to come!

#rollercoaster #themepark #amusementpark #museum
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We are nothing without the support of our fans and the amusement industry. 

Your generosity is helping to preserve ride vehicles, blueprints and other priceless artifacts for generations to come! 

#rollercoaster #themepark #amusementpark #museum

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The original front car for Loch Ness?

Amelia Early

How long before you are able to build a more permanent (brick and mortar) facility? Also are you getting one of the Wicked Twister trains? I worked on that ride off and on it's first 3yrs.

DID YOU KNOW? Six Flags Over Texas used our Spee (donated by Gary Slade of Amusement Today) to ensure the new Spees inside Pirates of Speelunker Cave were as accurate as possible! #darkride #speelunker #sixflags #museum ... See MoreSee Less

DID YOU KNOW? Six Flags Over Texas used our Spee (donated by Gary Slade of Amusement Today) to ensure the new Spees inside Pirates of Speelunker Cave were as accurate as possible! #darkride #speelunker #sixflags #museum

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So a certain spectacular Spee from Slade was spied so several Spees were sure to successfully survive Speelunking? Sensational!

Genuine Spee DNA in the new ones!

Aww, I love Little Tex!

Okay, which one of you told Wolf it was a full moon tomorrow? IT. WON'T. STOP. HOWLING.

#buschgardens #bigbadwolf #rollercoaster #museum
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Okay, which one of you told Wolf it was a full moon tomorrow? IT. WONT. STOP. HOWLING.

#BuschGardens #BigBadWolf #rollercoaster #museum

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I miss that ride so much

Every full moon, the big bad wolf car comes off the track and howl at the moon.

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THIS MONTH IN HISTORY

1906
1924

October 24, 1924

When the State Fair of Texas, in Dallas, Texas, closed on Oct. 24, the new Lightning roller coaster at the Dallas Fairgrounds was credited for bringing in the crowds, as nearly a million visitors enjoyed the fair. Many had come out to ride the new 3,000-foot-long, out-and-back wooden coaster, which had first operated on Aug. 7. Officials credited the new ride for increasing attendance from the 1923 fair, in conjunction with a new midway and other mechanical rides. Paired up with the nearby John Miller Skyrocket, the state-of-the-art Miller coaster, built by F.W. Pearce, it thrilled fairgoers for nearly a decade. It wasthe first time the Fairgrounds operated four wooden coasters.

1946

October 2, 1946

The October 2 fire at Coney Island, Brooklyn, N.Y., was the final nail in the coffin for Thompson and Dundy’s Luna Park, which had closed permanently after a devastating fire two years earlier. Sparks from a worker’s blow torch ignited refuse under the remaining section of the Mile Sky Chaser coaster. The four-alarm fire lasted into the night while subway and trolley service near the former park was halted. With the flames moving to other structures in rapid succession, the fire consumed everything that was left except the ballroom, pool and administration building. The park was in the process of being torn down to make room for a housing project, which did not materialize at that time. It was used primarily as a parking lot until the city began construction of the Luna Park Houses (a set of high-rise, low income housing projects which still stand today) in the late 1950s.

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