One of the oldest wooden coasters in existence is no longer in operation. Big Dipper and Geauga Lake amusement park closed forever on September 16, 2007. This classic wooden coaster was sold at auction for $5,000, but the new owner never relocated the ride as planned. Sadly, the demise of the Big Dipper may be near. Property owner Cedar Fair has showed no interest in relocated the coaster to another park and several attempts to sell the ride have failed.
Built in 1925 and originally named "Sky Rocket" this classic, out and back wooden coaster is well loved for its "air-time". Big Dipper's 2,680-foot long track includes a six-story first drop and multiple, gravity-defying hills that the trains race on at speeds of up to 32 miles-per-hour. When it opened this coaster was considered a mammoth ride.
|1925||Wood||Out and Back||John A. Miller|
|Drop: 65 feet||Height: 60 feet|
|Length: 2,680 feet||Trains: 2 - 24 passenger|
|Ride Time: 1 minute, 45 seconds||Top Speed: 32 mph|
|Train Mfg: National Amusement Devices|
1925 - "Sky Rocket" opens after being built for an estimated cost of $50,000.
Late 1940s - Name was changed to Clipper.
1969 - Renamed Big Dipper
1980 - Big Dipper was completely rebuilt.
September 16, 2007 – Final Day of Operation. The coaster has been standing-but-not-operating (SBNO) ever since.
Estimated cost: $50,000
Train has four cars with three rows each, seating two abreast per row.
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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