This World's Oldest Roller Coaster in Altoona, PA

World's Oldest Roller Coaster in Altoona PAPENNSYLVANIA - Located in Altoona, Pennsylvania, the world's oldest roller coaster in operation still runs today. The Leap the Dips ride was built around the turn of the 20th century. The wooden track is 442.6 meters long, and the lift hill is 48 feet high. The roller coaster offers a top speed of 10 miles per hour.

World's Oldest Roller Coaster in Altoona PA
World's Oldest Roller Coaster in Altoona PA

Where is The World's Oldest Roller Coaster?

The Leap the Dips roller coaster has a nine-foot drop.  The Federal Construction Company built it as a replacement for the Gravity Railroad roller coaster. It is the only side friction roller coaster left in the United States and North America.

The original wooden track was converted to steel at an unknown date. The wooden track was then restored and reopened in 1999.  The roller coaster was then listed as a National Historic Landmark.

The Cedar Point roller coaster company operates the coaster.  It is a figure-eight coaster with two rows of cars. Each car has two seats and can hold up to two people. Each vehicle has under-wheels. The roller coaster is equipped with a double track. The roller coaster requires adults to be 42 inches tall.

In the early twentieth century, wooden roller coasters were popular. In the late nineteenth century, side friction technology invention helped create a more comfortable ride. However, most rides in this style fell into disrepair.

The Leap the Dips roller coaster was restored in 1997. The carpenter retained 70 percent of the lumber used for the coaster and worked with local banks to raise funds. The coaster was reopened on Memorial Day, May 31, 1999.