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The Leap-The-Dips roller coaster is the oldest standing roller coaster in the world. It is located within Lakemont Park, Altoona, Blair County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1902 by Edward Joy Morris Company. The Leap-The-Dips replaced the Gravity Railroad which burned down in 1901.

The Leap-The-Dips configuration are 1452 feet in length, 41 feet at the highest point, the largest dip is 9 feet, the steepest dip descent is 25 degrees, the average ride time is one minute, and the average speed of the roller coaster is 10 mph.

The Leap-The-Dips is the last known example in the United States of a side friction figure eight roller coaster. Once common at amusement parks across the United States, side friction was one of two coaster technologies that dominated the amusement park scene from 1884 through World War I. Side friction coasters used two sets of wheels, one supporting the weight of the cars and the other running against the sideboards mounted on each side of the track. The figure eight track configuration was patented by ride designer Edward Joy Morris in 1894. It incorporated tracks that crossed under themselves in the middle several times while descending. The generic name for this coaster was the "Toboggan Slide," but it was renamed by many parks. The Philadelphia Toboggan Company, founded by Morris, is still in business today.

The Leap-The-Dips is representative of rides found in the late 19th and early 20th century trolley parks and the turn of the century amusement park technology. In the 1920's, the heyday of amusement parks, there were over 2000 parks throughout the United States. Today, there are less than 500, and a few have attractions that are over 95 years old.

The Leap-The-Dips was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in March of 1991 and was given National Landmark status in June of 1996.

The Leap-The-Dips will offer to it's guest, the opportunity to do something that no other amusement park in the world can do, that is, to experience a ride on the "world's oldest roller coaster"!



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