Roller Coaster History


Roller coasters began many years ago as long slides covered in ice. The first roller coaster in the United States was originally built for moving coal in Pennsylvania but people were able to pay a nickel to ride it.

Wooden roller coasters became popular at amusement parks in the 1920s. Coasters made of steel became popular in the 1970s and 1980s.

Today, the most popular roller coasters can be found at theme parks like Cedar Point, Six Flags, Carowinds, King’s Dominion, Dollywood, and more.