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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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🎶 Just another #TrainlessTuesday! 🎶

These boards represent all the different species of wood that have been used in roller coaster construction - from classic to modern day!

Which ones can you name?

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🎶 Just another #TrainlessTuesday! 🎶

These boards represent all the different species of wood that have been used in roller coaster construction - from classic to modern day! 

Which ones can you name? 

#rollercoaster #museum

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I only know of Southern Yellow Pine and Douglas Fir. I do not know what other types of wood are used.

I'm guessing the fourth piece is ipe. I know that years ago some coasters were built with oak before it got too expensive. Although I'm not certain it would not surprise me if maple, Hemlock fir and spruce were also used to build coasters.

Friday vibes 😎

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ready for a cold one ....

We're always on the hunt for historic artifacts to help preserve, including this turn of the century coaster car we found in Flint, MI!

Have something or know of something we might be interested in? Drop us a message and let us know!

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Were always on the hunt for historic artifacts to help preserve, including this turn of the century coaster car we found in Flint, MI! 

Have something or know of something we might be interested in? Drop us a message and let us know!

#rollercoaster #museum
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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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