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Rank Opened Name Amusement Park Location Designer/Builder
1st 1902 Leap The Dips Lakemont Park USA Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA Edward Joy Morris
2nd 1912 Scenic Railway Luna Park Melbourne Australia Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Unknown
3rd 1914 Rutschebanen Tivoli Gardens Denmark Copenhagen, Sjælland, Denmark LaMarcus A. Thomson
4th 1917 Wild One* Six Flags America USA Upper Marlboro, Maryland, USA John A. Miller
5th 1920 Jack Rabbit Kennywood USA West Mufflin, Pennsylvania, USA Charlie Mach, John A. Miller
Jack Rabbit Seabreeze USA Rochester, New York, USA Harry C. Baker, John A. Miller
Scenic Railway Dreamland UK Margate, Kent, UK LaMarcus A. Thomson
6th 1921 Roller Coaster Lagoon USA Farmington, Utah, USA John A. Miller
7th 1922 Hullámvasút Vidampark Hungary Budapest, Pest, Hungary Irvine Dragon
8th 1923 Big Dipper Pleasure Beach Blackpool UK Blackpool, England, UK William Strickler, John A. Miller
Thunderhawk Dorney Park USA Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc., Herbert Paul Schmeck
9th 1924 Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk USA Santa Cruz, California, USA Frank Prior, Fredrick Church, Arthur Looff
Thunderbolt Kennywood USA West Mifflin, Pennsykvania, USA Andy Vettel
10th 1925 Giant Dipper Belmont Park USA San Diego, California, USA Frank Prior, Fredrick Church
11th 1927 Cyclone Astroland USA Brooklyn, New York, USA Harry C. Baker, Vernon Keenan
Racer Kennywood USA West Mufflin, Pennsylvania, USA Charlie Mach, John A. Miller
Wildcat Lake Compunce USA Bristol, Connecticut, USA Charlie Dinn, Curtis D. Summers, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc., Herbert Paul Schmeck
12th 1930 Legend Arnolds Park USA Arnolds Park, Iowa, USA Outdoor Amusement Enterprise, Inc., John A. Miller

‍*Wild One originally operated as Giant Coaster at Paragon Park in Massachusetts, USA. It was moved to Six Flags America in 1986 and was restored to its original condition.

Steel

Rank Opened Name Amusement Park Location Designer/Builder
1st 1928 Montaña Suiza Parque de Atracciones Monte Igueldo Spain San Sebastián, Guipuzcoa, Spain Heidrich
2nd 1930 Rodelbaan Waarbeek Netherlands Hengelo, Overijssel, Netherlands In-House
3rd 1950 Little Dipper Conneaut Lake Park USA Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, USA Allan Herschell Company
4th 1952 Little Dipper Memphis Kiddie Park USA Cleveland, Ohio, USA Allan Herschell Company
Little Dipper Quassy Amusement Park USA Middlebury, Connecticut, USA Allan Herschell Comapny
4th 1953 Roller Coaster Hanayashiki Amusement Park Japan Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo, Japan TOGO
5th 1955 Wild Chipmunk Lakeside Amusement Park USA Denver, Colorado, USA Miller Manufacturing

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