Jun 16, 1884:
First roller coaster in America opens
On this day in 1884, the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York
. Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. The new entertainment was an instant success and by the turn of the century there were hundreds of roller coasters around the country.