1902 - Leap-the-Dips
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Photos: 21 oldest roller coasters in the world

1902 - Leap-the-Dips
Built in 1902 at Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pa., the Leap-the-Dips figure-eight wooden coaster was closed in 1986 and saved from demolition before reopening in 1999. (National Registry of Historic Places)
1912 - Scenic Railway
Built in 1912 at Luna Park in Melbourne, Australia, the Scenic Railway is the oldest continually operating coaster in the world. (Luna Park)
1914 - Rutschebanen
Built in 1914 for the Baltic Fair, the Rutschebanen wooden coaster was moved to Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen in 1915. (Tivoli Gardens)
1917 - Wild One
Built in 1917 as the Giant Coaster at Paragon Park in Hull, Mass., the Wild One out-and-back wooden coaster was moved to Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, Md. in 1986 and restored to its original condition.  (Six Flags America)
1920 - Jack Rabbit
Built in 1920 at Seabreeze Park in Rochester, N.Y., the Jack Rabbit wooden out-and-back terrain coaster was rebuilt after a 1923 fire destroyed much of the ride. (Seabreeze Park)
1920 - Jack Rabbit
Built in 1920 at Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pa., the Jack Rabbit wooden terrain coaster features a distinctive double-dip element and unconventional midcourse lift hill. (Associated Press)
1921 - Roller Coaster
Built in 1921 at Lagoon Park in Farmington, Utah, the double out-and-back terrain wooden coaster known by locals as the “White Roller Coaster” was damaged by fire in 1953 and rebuilt. (Lagoon Park)
1922 - Hullamvasut
Built in 1922 at Vidampark in Budapest, Hungary, the Hullamvasut scenic railway-style wooden coaster features a brakeman and long four minute, 30 second ride over 3,215 feet of track. (Vidampark)
1923 - Big Dipper
Built in 1923 at Blackpool Pleasure Beach in England, the Big Dipper out-and-back wooden coaster was extended to 3,300 feet in 1936. (Blackpool Pleasure Beach)
1923 - Thunderhawk
Built in 1923 at Dorney Park in Allentown, Pa., the Thunderhawk wooden coaster originally featured an out-and-back design but was modified to a figure eight in 1930.  (Dorney Park)
1924 - Thunderbolt
Built in 1924 at Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pa., the wooden terrain coaster was known as Pippin until 1968 when it was expanded using parts from the original ride and renamed Thunderbolt. (Kennywood)
1924 - Giant Dipper
Built in 1924 at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in California, the Giant Dipper double out-and-back wooden coaster was added in 1987 to the rolls of the National Registry of Historic Places. (Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk)
1925 - Giant Dipper
Built in 1925 at Belmont Park in San Diego, the Giant Dipper twister-style seaside wooden coaster sat derelict from 1976 to 1990. (Belmont Park)
1927 - Wildcat
Built in 1927 at Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn., the Wildcat twister-style wooden coaster was completely rebuilt in 1986 following the original design.  (Lake Compounce)
1927 - Racer
Built in 1927 at Kennywood in West Mifflin, Pa., the Racer wooden coaster features a unique continuous track layout that makes it the only single-track racing coaster in the United States. (Associated Press)
1927 - Cyclone
Built in 1927 at Coney Island’s Astroland in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Cyclone coaster was condemned and nearly destroyed in the early 1970s until a campaign saved the ride.  (Tina Fineberg / Associated Press)
1927 - Kiddy Coaster
Built in 1927 at Playland Park in Rye, N.Y., the Kiddy Coaster wooden coaster was constructed for a mere $2,537. (Playland Park)
1927 - Legend
Built in 1927 at Iowa’s Arnolds Park, the Legend out-and-back wooden coaster was saved by preservationists after the park closed briefly in the 1980s. (Arnolds Park)
1928 - Montana Suiza
Built in 1928 at Monte Igueldo Park in San Sebastian, Spain, the Montana Suiza scenic railway-style steel coaster features an onboard brakeman. (Monte Igueldo Park)
1929 - Dragon Coaster
Built in 1929 at Playland Park in Rye, N.Y., the Dragon out-and-back wooden coaster features a distinctive dragon’s mouth tunnel entrance. (Playland Park)
1929 - Roller Coaster
Built for the 1929 Colonial Exhibition in Paris, the scenic railway known simply as Roller Coaster was moved in 1932 to Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach in England. (Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach)
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