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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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ICYMI last week: we're helping out American Coaster Enthusiasts on their #legacyofschwarzkopf documentary! Check out the trailer below!

Can you name all of the Schwarzkopf vehicles we have in our collection? #rollercoaster #Museum
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See you at next years #CoasterCon, fam.

#rollercoaster #Dollywood #WRCAM #LegacyOfArrow #themepark #RideWithACE

A Jack Rabbit that's NOT from Kennywood - but Rocky Springs Park, circa 1918!

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A Jack Rabbit thats NOT from Kennywood - but Rocky Springs Park, circa 1918!

#rollercoaster #WRCAM #themepark #RideWithACE

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There’s a John Miller 1920 Jack Rabbit at Seabreeze in Rochester, NY. It’s often forgotten, but it’s a month older than Kennywood’s. They keep it in excellent shape. It’s even an ACE landmark.

1925 Chutes at the Beach, San Francisco. Big Dipper.

Hope you guys are taking good care of our Cyclone car. 😊

Would you leave as-is or restore it?

That the Rocky Springs Park in Lancaster, PA?

Looks very similar to the Idora jackrabbit as well

A thing of beauty. Older coaster geometry was simple but theatrically perfect in my mind - fast intense moments interspersed by slow floaty "damn I'm so high above the ground" moments. Science has theoretically improved everything but ride lines are now ridiculously relentless given that we're pinned securely in the seat, so why not make use of it... not for me, ultimately. If I could realistically set up a company I'd aim for the long lost thrills where while you will indeed be pinned in your seat, you'd be be able to safely ride without such. Sound engineering and progression of such is of huge importance, but the art is long lost.

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So what's all the buzz about? It's about ANTON SCHWARZKOPF!

We are thrilled to be working with American Coaster Enthusiasts on this wonderful preservation project!
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Loved his talent, but mostly for my number one favorite ride of all time, Bayern Kurve baby!! So glad we had three parks in Ohio with them when I was a kid in the 70s. I rode them many, many times!

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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.


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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