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Roller Coaster
Roller Coaster at Lagoon.jpg
Roller Coaster as viewed from the Sky Ride
Lagoon Amusement Park
Coordinates 40°59′05″N 111°53′42″W / 40.984861°N 111.895137°W / 40.984861; -111.895137Coordinates: 40°59′05″N 111°53′42″W / 40.984861°N 111.895137°W / 40.984861; -111.895137
Status Operating
Opening date 1921 (1921)
General statistics
Type Wood
Designer John A. Miller
Track layout Double Out and Back
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 18.9 m (62 ft)
Length 762 m (2,500 ft)
Speed 45 mph (72 km/h)
Inversions 0
Height restriction 46 in (117 cm)
Trains 2 trains with 4 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 3 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Roller Coaster at RCDB
Pictures of Roller Coaster at RCDB
Location Farmington, Utah
MPS Lagoon Amusement Park, Farmington, Utah MPS
NRHP reference No. 12000883
Added to NRHP October 24, 2012

The Roller Coaster, often nicknamed the White Roller Coaster due to the previously white color, at Lagoon Amusement Park in Farmington, Utah, United States, is the oldest roller coaster at the park. It is a wooden roller coaster owned by Lagoon. Built in 1921 and operating ever since, the Roller Coaster is the seventh oldest roller coaster in the world and the fourth oldest in the United States.

History

The Roller Coaster was designed by John A. Miller and opened in 1921. In 1953, a fire damaged the coaster and burnt down the rest of the park, meaning the station and lift hill had to be rebuilt. Over the years it has had computer upgrades and new trains installed. In 2005, it became an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark for being a classic coaster. In October 2012, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The ride has no real official name other than "Roller Coaster", so the locals often call it the White Roller Coaster. The park has recently stopped painting the ride, so it will gradually move from white to natural brown as Lagoon rebuilds a section of the ride per off-season, to help preserve the Roller Coaster. However, the nickname stuck, and people continue calling it the White Roller Coaster despite it now being mostly brown.

In early 2018 the ride opened with new Great Coasters International trains, instead of the original 4x3x2 Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters trains. The entrance was moved to where the original exit was, and has a wall explaining the history of the coaster. The ride experience was not changed however.

Layout

The Roller Coaster starts with a turn out of the station and over to the lift hill where it rises 60 feet (18 m). The train then plunges down the first hill and up the next and down again around the west turn and into several more series of hills gradually getting smaller around two more turns before returning to the station.

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