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Leap The Dips (Lakemont Park)

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Leap-the-Dips
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Lakemont Park
Location Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Operating since 1902
Statistics
Designer / calculations Edward Joy Morris
Type Wooden - Side Friction
Riders per train 4
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height41 feet
Drop9 feet
Top speed18 mph
Length1,452 feet
Inversions0
Steepest drop25°
Duration1:00
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Leap-the-Dips is a wooden side friction roller coaster located at Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA. Opened in 1902, the ride is currently the oldest roller coaster in operation and the only side friction roller coaster still operating in North America. It was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark on October 9, 1960. [1]

History[edit]

Leap The Dips opened in 1902.

In 1985, Leap-the-Dips was closed.

In 1996, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

A campaign was launched in the 1990s to restore and reopen Leap-the-Dips. Fundraising, donations from many individuals and organisations (including the American Coaster Enthusiasts) and loans generated the money required for the restoration.[1] It reopened on May 31, 1999.[2]

American Coaster Enthusiasts achnowledged Leap-the-Dips as an "ACE Roller Coaster Landmark" in 2002 and supplied a plaque.

Design[edit]

Leap-the-Dips features a simple figure-eight layout consisting of small drops followed by a turnaround.

Trains[edit]

Leap-the-Dips has only 1 single-car train with 4 seats. Although riders-per-hour hasn't been recorded for this ride, it would be very low.

Images[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Success of Fund-Raising Efforts - Leap The Dips (Wayback Archive)
  • Leap the Dips Roller Coaster - P. Joseph Lehman, Inc.