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How It Started

Switchback Railway at Coney Island - 1884

Le Marcus Thompson's Switchback Railway at Brooklyn's Coney Island opened in Spring 1884. This was America's first Roller Coaster. The Switchback Railway was an instant success and made the inventor hundreds of dollars per day.

Thompson's Switchback Railway

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