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Jack Rabbit (Seabreeze Amusement Park)

Jack Rabbit (Seabreeze Amusement Park)

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roller coaster
Jack Rabbit
Seabreeze Amusement Park
Location Irondequoit, New York, USA
Status Operating since 1920
Cost $18,000,000USD
Height restriction 48 inches (122 cm)
Manufacturer Harry C. Baker
Designer / calculations John A. Miller
Type Wooden - Out and Back - Terrain
Hourly capacity 1200
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height60 metres
Drop75 metres
Top speed50 km/h
Length2150 metres
Steepest drop52°
G-force4.67 g
Jack Rabbit, Rochester, New York (2006)[1]

Jack Rabbit is a wooden roller coaster located at Seabreeze Amusement Park in Irondequoit, New York, USA. Built in 1920 by John A. Miller and manufactured by Harry C. Baker[2], the Jack Rabbit is a Modified Out and Back, terrain based wooden roller coaster. The roller coaster utilizes the first ever example of under friction wheel design, a technology patented by the coaster's designer John A. Miller in 1919. This technology ensures that a roller coaster never leaves the track. Jack Rabbit is considered the world's oldest under friction wheel design coaster[3] and heralded as an important part of theme park history as this technology continues to be used on all roller coasters today. Jack Rabbit is the world's 12th oldest roller coaster, and the oldest continually operating roller coaster in North America[4]. When it opened in 1920, it was the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world with a speed of 50 miles per hour[5].

History[edit | edit source]

Fire[edit | edit source]

in 1923, a fire destroyed the original lift hill of the Jack Rabbit and original design of the loading station. However, it was quickly reconstructed to match the original controls and specifications with a new station building and lift hill. Even today, the roller coaster still utilizes the original man powered lever system to start and stop the trains at the station, as well as to lock and unlock the restraints.

Landmark Awards[edit | edit source]

American Coaster Enthusiasts, or ACE, recognizes various roller coasters and their creator/park under the Roller Coaster Landmark Award[6]. This prestigious Award recognizes the historical significance of the individual coaster both in roller coaster/theme park history and society at large. Each designated coaster contains a metal plaque in the park it is or was housed in. The Jack Rabbit was officially designated as a Landmark Roller Coaster on August 15, 2015 (the coaster's 95th season of operation) by ACE and contains a metal plaque at the foot of the lift hill.[1][6]

Plaque Inscription:[edit | edit source]


American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recognizes Jack Rabbit at Seabreeze Amusement Park as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historic significance.

Jack Rabbit was created by John A. Miller (1872-1941), one of the greatest coaster designers of the era, and builder Harry C. Baker (1887-1939). It is one of the first coasters to feature Miller's revolutionary underfriction wheel design that locks coaster trains to the tracks, allowing for more daring, larger, and steeper drops that produce greater speeds. Jack Rabbit, which opened in May 1920, utilizes portions of the park's natural topography that allowed Miller to design an exciting out-and-back terrain coaster that quickly became a park favorite. Today, it is the world's oldest underfriction roller coaster and the second oldest coaster operating in North America.

Standing at a maximum height of 60 feet, the 2,150-foot-long-ride features Miller's signature camelback, airtime-producing hills, including a thrilling 75-foot first drop. It also includes a tunneled helix with a surprise final drop before returning to the station. The coaster was almost completely lost when the loading station and lift hill were destroyed along with several other classic park attraction because of a devistating fire in 1923. Fortunately, the damaged portions of Jack Rabbit were rebuilt for the 1924 season.

ACE commends Seabreeze on its continued operation and preservation of a historic coaster.

Presented by American Coaster Enthusiasts during Jack Rabbit's 95th anniversary.

August 15, 2015.

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