June 13, 1884. The worlds first roller coaster opened on thisday in 1884 at Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY. Built and later patented by LaMarcus Thompson, the Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway boasted two parallel 600-foot tracks that descended from 50 feet. The cars traveled at six miles per hour. Riders paid five cents each for their rides. The roller coaster was a sensation, and soon amusement parks all over the US and the world featured them.
June 13, 2017 all-day