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September 14, 2009

ACE Names The Great Escape Comet Roller Coaster Landmark

Lake George, NY -- American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) named The Comet at The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom, a Roller Coaster Landmark during their two-day summer conference. The marker was presented during a ceremony held yesterday at The Great Escape.

The Comet Wooden Roller Coaster, The Great Escape
The historic Comet wooden coaster at The Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom was named a "Roller Coaster Landmark" by the American Coaster Enthusiasts.

The marker presented to the park recognizes the historical significance of this roller coaster.

The Comet, a double out and back wooden coaster, operated at Crystal Beach amusement park for 41 years before being relocated to The Great Escape in 1994. The coaster was designed by Herbert Paul Schmeck and built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.

A portion of the The Comet's steel structure came from the legendary Harry Traver designed Crystal Beach Cyclone that ended its run in 1946. The Comet operated at Crystal Beach from 1948 to 1989.

The coaster was then purchased at auction by Charles R. Wood, owner of The Great Escape, and moved into storage until reconstruction began in October 1993. The Comet officially reopened on June 25, 1994.

See related: American Coaster Enthusiasts, The Comet, The Great Escape

The Comet photo courtesy of Six Flags, Inc. All rights reserved.

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