Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Happy National Roller Coaster Day!

On August 16th 1878 Richard Knudsen & and J.G. Taylor received the first US patents for the first roller coaster. The coaster consisted two adjacent railway tracks ran between two towers carrying four-passenger cars; the force of gravity would pull the cars down gently sloping hills. The cars were then hauled up by the elevators in the opposite tower for the return trip of the ride. Interestingly enough, it is believed that neither Knudsen nor Taylor constructed their designed rides.