ALTOONA, Pa. (AP/KDKA) – Memorial Day weekend brought the reopening of the world’s oldest roller coaster still in operation.

Leap The Dips was built in 1902 at Altoona’s Lakemont Park. It was in continuous operation until the 1980s, and was refurbished and reopened in the 1990s.

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The coaster only goes 10 mph and is only 41 feet high, but thrill-seekers may like the fact that it operates without seat belts, lap bars or headrests.

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The National Park Service added Leap The Dips to its registry of National Historic Landmarks in 1996.

For more information about Lakemont Park, visit their website here.

According to, Kennywood Park in West Mifflin has three of the top 12 oldest roller coasters: #3 Jack Rabbit, 1920; #6 Thunderbolt/The Pippin, 1924; #10 Racer, 1927.

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