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Alanson Wood | Inventor of the Roller Coaster

The featured image above is courtesy of the Jim Abbate Collection. Alanson Wood was an inventor who was born in the State of New York in 1829. He married Lovinia H. Wood (her maiden name is unknown), born in 1830, and had one child, a daughter named Lucy. Roller Skates and the Circular Gravity Railway …

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Pittsburgh’s first roller coaster

The City of Pittsburgh got its first roller coaster in 1885, at the Penn Incline Resort. This was not only Pittsburgh’s first roller coaster, it was one of the first three roller coasters constructed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The first roller coaster constructed in Pennsylvania, The Roller Coaster, appears to have operated in Philadelphia …

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