June 26, 1927 in New York history

๐Ÿ“ On This Day ๐Ÿ“

93 years ago on June 26th, 1927

The Coney Island Cyclone wooden roller coaster opens to the public

Originally part of Astroland amusement park, it is now part of Luna Park, and the coaster has been refurbished over the years and parts have been replaced and modernized, but the current ride is one of the last remaining wooden roller coasters.

Postcard featuring The Cyclone via Boston Public Library / The Tichnor Brothers Collection

A ride cost 25ยข on opening day, and the coaster climbs 85 feet and attains a top speed of 60mph. By the 1960s, plans were made to tear down the Cyclone, and in 1969 the city purchased the site for $1 million with the intention of expanding the nearby aquarium onto the property. The coaster was saved by public outcry in the 1970s and has become a recognized symbol of both Coney Island and New York itself.


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More events from June 26th in New York History


๐ŸŒŽ World History ๐ŸŒ

Library of Congress  •  New York Times  •  BBC  •  Wikipedia


๐ŸŒž Weather Records ๐ŸŒž

Record High: 100ยฐF in 1952
Record Low: 56ยฐF in 1893


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