Death defying amusement

The roller coaster was first patented Jan. 20, 1885

By Kathleen Guill

kathleen@press-leader.com

 

Posted 1/20/22

The Switchback Railway was the first roller coaster at Coney Island in New York. LaMarcus A. Thompson patented his version of the modern roller coaster Jan. 20, 1885.

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