NY Times article from July 28, 1915 about a roller coaster accident on Coney Island

NY Times article from July 28, 1915 about a roller coaster accident on Coney Island

On June 16, 1884, Thompson's Switchback Railway (the first roller coaster in America) opens at Coney Island.

On June 16, 1884, Thompson's Switchback Railway (the first roller coaster in America) opens at Coney Island.

It's Michigan Ave. in Corktown, Detroit from the 1880s. Home to many restaurants & retailers today!

It's Michigan Ave. in Corktown, Detroit from the 1880s. Home to many restaurants & retailers today!

On June 16, 1884, the first roller coaster officially starts giving rodes to passengers. Unveiled in Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York the ride went six miles an hour, and was an instant success.

On June 16, 1884, the first roller coaster officially starts giving rodes to passengers. Unveiled in Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York the ride went six miles an hour, and was an instant success.

Trained Elephants at Luna Park Circus, Coney Island, NY. (vintage, animals)

Trained Elephants at Luna Park Circus, Coney Island, NY. (vintage, animals)

1925 Aerial View of East Lake Park  Wooden Roller Coaster Can Be Seen in Background Near First Avenue North

1925 Aerial View of East Lake Park Wooden Roller Coaster Can Be Seen in Background Near First Avenue North

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