Roller coaster in the United States
Central Park
Location Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Defunct
Operated May 14, 1927 to 1944
Manufacturer H.A. Basher
Type Wooden - Terrain
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Inversions 0

Skyclone was a wooden roller coaster located at Central Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA. It was built by H.A. Basher, a company based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.[1]


The attraction opened as Cyclone on May 14, 1927.[2][3]

Much of the attraction was damaged in a fire in September 1935.[4] It was rebuilt and opened on May 11, 1936 with a new name, Skyclone. The name "Skyclone" was suggested by a member of the public as part of a competition.[5] Skyclone was destroyed by another fire on May 18, 1944, and was not rebuilt.[6]


The first drop was a double down, said to be 120 feet tall, which took advantage of a natural valley.[1][7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "New coaster at Central Park to have 120-foot "dip"", The Morning Call (March 21, 1927), pp. 4. Retrieved on November 11, 2020.
  2. "Central Park attracts despite bad weather", The Morning Call (May 16, 1927), pp. 24. Retrieved on November 11, 2020.
  3. "Municipal band will play at Central Park", The Morning Call (June 9, 1927), pp. 14. Retrieved on November 11, 2020.
  4. "Central Park Cyclone Coaster Destroyed by Fire; Loss $50,000", The Morning Call (September 15, 1935), pp. 5. Retrieved on November 11, 2020.
  5. "Clarence Stauffer Wins Coaster Naming Prize", The Morning Call (11 May 1936), pp. 9. Retrieved on November 12, 2020.
  6. "Central Park Derby Racer Leveled by $125,000 Blaze", The Morning Call (December 26, 1950), pp. 5. Retrieved on November 12, 2020.
  7. "Central Park's Skyclone", NewsPlusNotes (December 14, 2008). Retrieved on November 11, 2020.

External links

  • Skyclone on the Roller Coaster DataBase.