Roller coasters : an illustrated guide to the rides in the United States and Canada, with a history

by Throgmorton, Todd H., 1962-

Format: Print Book 1993
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Sewickley Public Library Nonfiction 791.068 THR 1993
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A history of roller coasters is contained in Part One of this book--such developments as the first upside down flip, the resurgence of the wooden coaster, and more. Part Two provides detailed information on the roller coasters in 51 amusement parks throughout North America. Each entry includes the address of the park, telephone number, brief history of the park, and descriptions of the coasters.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "For those people whose hearts thump with anticipation at the sight of a roller coaster, Throgmorton provides a helpful guide. Not only does he list the 196 roller coasters in the U.S. and Canada, but he also includes the addresses of the parks, the telephone numbers, brief statements about the parks, and details about each coaster. A self-described roller coaster addict, he has ridden on more than half the ones he describes. The first chapter details the history of the roller coaster from its beginnings in the sixteenth century to its golden age in the 1920s. With the current popularity of theme parks, the rides are enjoying a revival. The bulk of the book is a geographically organized location guide to amusement parks and their coasters. Each coaster is described with its beginning year of operation, manufacturer, former location (if any), physical and technical information, length and time of the ride, and special features. Most of the entries are accompanied by a black-and-white photograph. The appendix contains a list of both wood and steel coasters operating in the U.S. and Canada; a comprehensive index concludes the work. This title is likely to be the definitive guidebook to roller coasters. Since the author made no attempt to include current days and hours of operation, the book will retain its usefulness without becoming outdated. It is recommended for public libraries, as well as for specialized collections of popular-culture materials. (Reviewed June 1993)"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Roller coasters -- United States -- Directories.
Roller coasters -- Canada -- Directories.
Amusement parks -- United States -- Directories.
Amusement parks -- Canada -- Directories.
Roller coasters -- History.
Publisher Jefferson, N.C. :McFarland & Co.,1993
Language English
Notes Includes index.
Description v, 154 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 0899508057
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