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April 11, 2010

San Diego's Giant Dipper To Be Named "Roller Coaster Landmark"

San Diego – San Diego's landmark Giant Dipper wooden coaster at Belmont Park will be named a "Roller Coaster Landmark" by the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) organization this month. The special designation recognizes the historical significance of this roller coaster.

Giant Dipper Roller Coaster Belmont Park Belmont Park's venerable Giant Dipper wooden coaster will be named a "Roller Coaster Landmark" by the American Coaster Enthusiasts.

Belmont Park's venerable Giant Dipper wooden coaster will be named a "Roller Coaster Landmark" by the American Coaster Enthusiasts.

ACE plans to hold a ceremony at Belmont Park on April 23rd, when the group will officially name the Giant Dipper a "Roller Coaster Landmark" and present a plaque to the park.

The Giant Dipper is one of only two remaining seaside wooden coasters in California and designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Designed by Frederick Church and Thomas Prior, this "double out and back" coaster was built for only $50,000. Opened on the Fourth of July in 1925, the coaster operated for more than 50 years before closing in 1976, a victim of neglect and declining interest.

After sitting vacant and further becoming an eyesore, Giant Dipper survived several fires and narrowly escaped demolition. Eventually, a group of San Diego citizens who formed a preservation group called "Saved the Coaster Committee" rescued the coaster by having it designation as a National Historic Landmark.

After a $2-million restoration in 1990, the Giant Dipper reopened on August 11, 1990. Now 20-years later, the coaster continues to thrill a new generation of thrill-seekers as the flagship attraction at Belmont Park.

See related: American Coaster Enthusiasts, Belmont Park

Giant Dipper photo copyright © 2004 Ultimate Rollercoaster.

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