Roller Coaster Day
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Each year on August 16th, you will find people at amusement parks and theme parks across the country participating in National Roller Coaster Day.
The oldest roller coasters are believed to have originated from the so-called "Russian Mountains". Built in the 17th century, these were specially constructed hills of ice that were located near Saint Petersburg, Russia. The slides were made to a height of 70 to 80 feet consisting of a 50-degree drop and were reinforced by wooden supports.