antedating of "roller coaster" 1884
SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Wed Jun 16 00:01:50 UTC 2004
M-W and OED use 1888.
Most webpages about roller coasters say that the Coney Island one in 1884 was first. I think the fellow even had a patent. I'll check that out later.
But..........they forgot to name it "roller coaster" or at least to make sure the papers in the US gave them credit.
Instead, from 7 August, 1884 Frederick(MD) _Weekly News_ 6/1-2
(dateline Philadelphia, Pa. July 29, 1884 referring to Fairmount Park)
<<Additional signs tell them that this is the "Wonderful Roller Coaster.">>
Just for good measure, the correspondent used the exact term again later in the article. It cost a nickel to ride, covered 500 feet in 11 seconds, and was 28 ft. high at the tallest point. And you came back to where you started.
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