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The Oldest Operating Roller Coaster in Every State

The United States is home to more than 750 operating roller coasters across many but not all 50 states. Those roller coasters range in age to less than a year old to 118 years old.

What’s the oldest coaster in each state? Keep reading to find out:


1. Alabama

Rampage at Alabama Adventure in Bessemer (1998)

© Alabama Adventure

Rampage did not operate in 2002 and from 2012-2014. After being purchased by the Koch Family Parks, it was refurbished and reopened in 2015.

Rampage Stats

  • Length: 3,500 feet
  • Height: 120 feet
  • Drop: 102 feet
  • Speed: 56 mph

2. Alaska

There are no roller coasters currently operating in Alaska.


3. Arizona

Desert Storm and Patriot at Castles n’ Coasters in Phoenix (1992)

Desert Storm (left) and Patriot (right). Photos © Castles n’ Coasters

Both coasters are manufactured by Hopkins and were added when the park was expanded by 10 acres in 1992.

Neither of the coaster’s stats are publicly available.


4. Arkansas

Arkansas Twister at Magic Springs in Hot Springs (1992)

Arkansas Twister was relocated from Boardwalk and Baseball in Haines City, Florida, where it operated as Florida Hurricane.

Arkansas Twister Stats

  • Length: 3,340 feet
  • Height: 95 feet
  • Drop: 92 feet
  • Speed: 50 mph

5. California

Giant Dipper at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in Santa Cruz (1924)

Giant Dipper was followed closely by Giant Dipper at Belmont Park in San Diego (1925).

Giant Dipper Stats

  • Length: 2,640 feet
  • Height: 70 feet
  • Drop: 65 feet
  • Speed: 55 mph

6. Colorado

Cyclone at Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver (1940)

Cyclone is designated as an ACE Coaster Classic.

Cyclone Stats

  • Length: 2,800 feet
  • Height: 80 feet
  • Drop: 80 feet

7. Connecticut

Wildcat at Lake Compounce (1927)

Photo © Lake Compounce

In addition to a complete rebuild in 1986, Wildcat has undergone numerous improvements in the 2010s, including a complete retracking, a partially rebuilt lift hill and two new Millennium Flyer trains from Great Coasters International (GCI).

Wildcat Stats

  • Length: 2,746 feet
  • Height: 85 feet
  • Drop: 78 feet
  • Speed: 48 mph

8. Delaware

There are no roller coasters currently operating in Delaware.


9. Florida

Space Mountain at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World (1975)

Photo © Disney Parks

The “Florida” Space Mountain predates the “California” Space Mountain at Disneyland by roughly 2 years and 4 months.

Space Mountain Stats

  • Length: 3,196 feet (Alpha track); 3,186 feet (Omega track)
  • Height: 90 feet
  • Speed: 27 mph

10. Georgia

Georgia is home to two roller coasters that both opened in 1967:

Dahlonega Mine Train at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell outside of Atlanta (1967)

Dahlonega Mine Train Stats

  • Length: 2,327 feet
  • Height: 37 feet
  • Speed: 29 mph

Cannon Ball at Lake Winnepesaukah in Lakeview outside of Chattanooga, TN (1967)

Cannon Ball Stats

  • Length: 70 feet
  • Height: 70 feet
  • Speed: 50 mph

11. Hawaii

Hawaii has not been home to an operating coaster since Big Dipper at Waikiki Park closed in the 1930s.


12. Idaho

Corkscrew at Silverwood in Athol

Photo © Silverwood

Corkscrew first opened under the same name at Knott’s Berry Farm in 1975. The Arrow Dynamics prototype coaster was the first modern steel coaster to turn riders upside down.

Corkscrew Stats

  • Length: 1,250 feet
  • Height: 70 feet
  • Drop: 62 feet
  • Speed: 46 mph
  • Inversions: 2

13. Illinois

Little Dipper at Kiddieland in Melrose Park, now operating at Six Flags Great America (1950, 2010)

Photo © Six Flags Great America

Six Flags Great America purchased Little Dipper from Kiddieland when the park closed in 2009 for $33,000. The park relocated and reopened the coaster in 2010.

Little Dipper Stats

  • Length: 700 feet
  • Height: 28 feet

14. Indiana

Tig’rr Coaster at Indiana Beach in Monticello (1984)

Tig’rr Coaster is one of only three of Anton Schwarzkopf’s “Jet Star” models still in operation and is the only one still operating in North America.

Tig’rr Coaster Stats

  • Length: 1,765 feet
  • Height: 44 feet
  • Speed: 31 mph

15. Iowa

Legend at Arnolds Park (1930)

Photo © Arnolds Park

Legend was rebuilt and its train was replaced for the 1989 season. The Arnolds Park website states that Legend is the 13th oldest coaster in the world, but according to RCDB, it is the 18th oldest.

Legend Stats

  • Height: 63 feet

16. Kansas

Roller Coaster at Kiddieland in Pittsburg (1960s)

According to RCDB, this small steel coaster was purchased from a traveling operator around 1961, so its original construction date is unknown.


17. Kentucky

Thunder Run at Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville (1990)

Thunder Run has undergone nearly $1 million in refurbishments in recent years.

Thunder Run Stats

  • Length: 2,850 feet
  • Height: 90 feet
  • Drop: 74 feet
  • Speed: 53 mph

18. Louisiana

Minor Mike at Celebration Station in Baton Rouge (1993)


19. Maine

Excalibur at Funtown Splashtown U.S.A. in Saco (1998)

Excalibur was the first wooden coaster to open in Maine in 50 years.

Excalibur Stats

  • Length: 2,700 feet
  • Height: 100 feet
  • Drop: 82 feet
  • Speed: 55 mph

20. Maryland

Wild One at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro

Wild One operated as “Giant Coaster” at Paragon Park in Hull, Massachusetts from 1917 to 1984.

Wild One Stats

  • Length: 4,000 feet
  • Height: 98 feet
  • Drop: 88 feet
  • Speed: 53 mph

21. Massachusetts

Thunderbolt at Six Flags New England in Agawam (1941)

Photo © Six Flags New England

Then known as Riverside Amusement Park, park owner Edward Carroll Sr. purchased Thunderbolt’s track, train and design from the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Thunderbolt Stats

  • Length: 2,600 feet
  • Height: 70 feet
  • Speed: 40 mph

22. Michigan

Corkscrew at Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon (1979)

Photo © Michigan’s Adventure

Corkscrew Stats

  • Length: 1,250 feet
  • Height: 70 feet
  • Speed: 45 mph

23. Minnesota

High Roller at Valleyfair! in Shakopee (1976)

Photo © Valleyfair

High Roller Stats

  • Length: 2,982 feet
  • Height: 70 feet
  • Speed: 50 mph

24. Mississippi

All American Coaster at Brookhaven Exchange Club Park in Brookhaven (1971 or earlier)

Photo © Visit Brookhaven Mississippi

This is the only operating in Mississippi and it only operates for one week each year during the Exchange Club Fair.


25. Missouri

River King Mine Train at Six Flags St. Louis in Eureka (1971)

River King Mine Train initially opened as two side-by-side tracks with similar layouts. One of the tracks was sold and moved to Dollywood in 1987. It operated at Dollywood from 1989-1998. It now operates as Big Bad John at Magic Springs in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

River King Mine Train Stats

  • Length: 2,500 feet
  • Height: 32 feet
  • Drop: 41 feet
  • Speed: 37 mph

26. Montana

As of this posting, there are no roller coasters operating in Montana. Two roller coasters have been standing but not operating (SBNO) at the Amusement Park Drive In Theater since 2015.


27. Nebraska

Go-Gator at Fun Plex in Omaha

Photo © Fun Plex


28. Nevada

Canyon Blaster at Adventuredome in Las Vegas (1993)

Canyon Blaster is the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster.

Canyon Blaster Stats

  • Length: 2,423 feet
  • Height: 94 feet
  • Drop: 66 feet
  • Speed: 41 mph
  • Inversions: 4

29. New Hampshire

Yankee Cannonball at Canobie Lake Park in Salem (1936)

The coaster was built in 1930 and operated for five years at Lakewood Park in Waterbury, Connecticut before being relocated to Canobie Lake Park in 1936. It was known as “Greyhound” through the 1970s.

Yankee Cannonball Stats

  • Length: 2,000 feet
  • Height: 63.5 feet
  • Speed: 35 mph

30. New Jersey

Runaway Mine Train at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson (1974)

Runaway Mine Train Stats

  • Length: 2,428 feet
  • Height: 60 feet
  • Drop: 39 feet
  • Speed: 38 mph

31. New Mexico

Galaxi at Cliff’s Amusement Park in Albuquerque (1977)

Photo © Cliff’s Amusement Park


32. New York

Jack Rabbit at Seabreeze in Rochester (1920)

Photo © Seabreeze

According to Seabreeze’s website, Jack Rabbit is the oldest continuously operating roller coaster in America.

Jack Rabbit Stats

  • Length: 2,130 feet
  • Height: 75 feet
  • Speed: 42 mph

33. North Carolina

Carolina Goldrusher at Carowinds in Charlotte (1973)

Photo courtesy of www.carowindsearlyyears.com

Carolina Goldrusher still features the original restraints that lock in the three rows of each car at once.

Carolina Goldrusher Stats

  • Length: 2,397 feet
  • Height: 43 feet
  • Drop: 34 feet
  • Speed: 30 mph

34. North Dakota

Runaway Train at Super Slide Amusement Park in Bismark (2009)

Photo © Super Slide Amusement Park


35. Ohio

Little Dipper at Memphis Kiddie Park in Cleveland (1952)

Photo © Memphis Kiddie Park

Little Dipper has been recognized by the American Coaster Enthusiasts organization as the oldest steel coaster operating in North America.


36. Oklahoma

Little Fire Ball at Kiddie Park in Bartlesville (1953-1971)

Photo © Bartlesville Kiddie Park

According to RCDB, Kiddie Park moved to its current location around 1953. It is unknown whether or not the coaster existed at the former location, hence the long time span listed above.


37. Oregon

Ice Mountain Bobsled at Enchanted Forest in Turner (1983)

Ice Mountain Bobsled originally opened as an alpine slide-like attraction but was converted into a traditional steel-tracked roller coaster in 1985.

Ice Mountain Bobsled Stats

  • Length: 1,600 feet
  • Height: 100 feet

38. Pennsylvania

Leap The Dips at Lakemont Park in Altoona (1902)

Leap The Dips is believed to be the oldest operating roller coaster in the world. The ride was saved from destruction in 1985 by local preservationists including members of the American Coaster Enthusiasts organization.

Leap The Dips Stats

  • Length: 1,452 feet
  • Height: 41 feet
  • Drop: 9 feet

39. Rhode Island

There are no roller coasters currently operating in Rhode Island.


40. South Carolina

Swamp Fox at Family Kingdom Amusement Park in Myrtle Beach (1966)

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Swamp Fox was damaged by Hurricane Hugo in 1989 and was rebuilt by the 1992 season.

Swamp Fox Stats

  • Length: 2,640 feet
  • Height: 72 feet
  • Drop: 62 feet
  • Speed: 50 mph

41. South Dakota

Humpty Dumpty’s Great Fall at Storybook Land in Aberdeen (2015)

Photo © Aberdeen Parks, Recreation & Forestry

Humpty Dumpty’s Great Fall Stats

  • Length: 262 feet
  • Height: 14.5 feet

42. Tennessee

Blazing Fury at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge (1978)

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Blazing Fury without the lights on.

Blazing Fury Stats

  • Length: 1,520 feet
  • Height: 22 feet
  • Speed: 22 mph

43. Texas

Runaway Mine Train at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington (1966)

Credit: S Madonna Horcher, Jay Jacobs, SFOT Archives

Learn more about the history of this coaster in “A Tale of Two Mine Trains: Interview with Jay Jacobs.”

Runaway Mine Train Stats

  • Length: 2,485 feet
  • Height: 35 feet

44. Utah

Roller Coaster at Lagoon in Farmington (1921)

Photo © Lagoon

Roller Coaster was named an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark in 2005 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.

Roller Coaster Stats

  • Length: 2,500 feet
  • Height: 62 feet
  • Speed: 45 mph

45. Vermont

Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster at Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow (2010)

Photo © Okemo Mountain Resort

Note: Vermont is home to only two roller coasters, both of which are alpine/mountain coasters. The second is Beast Mountain Coaster at Killington Resort, which opened in 2015.

Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster Stats

  • Length: 3,084 feet
  • Speed: 25 mph

46. Virginia

Woodstock Express at Kings Dominion in Doswell (1974)

Woodstock Express was previously themed after the cartoon Scooby-Doo, and was just the “Ghoster Coaster” for a few years before settling on the current name and theme.

Woodstock Express Stats

  • Length: 1,385 feet
  • Height: 35 feet
  • Speed: 35 mph

47. Washington

Classic Coaster at Washington State Fair in Puyallup (1935)

Photo © Washington State Fair

The Classic Coaster was first built as a side-friction roller coaster in order to use the trains from the former Scenic Railway at the (still operating) Oaks Amusement Park in Portland, Oregon. The coaster was converted to the traditional style in 1950.

Classic Coaster Stats

  • Length: 2,650 feet
  • Height: 55 feet
  • Drop: 52 feet
  • Speed: 50 mph

48. West Virginia

Big Dipper at Camden Park in Huntington (1958)

Read our Camden Park Small Park Showcase.


49. Wisconsin

Little Dipper, Mad Mouse and Swiss Toboggan at Little Amerricka in Marshall all opened in 1993.

Little Dipper

Mad Mouse

Swiss Toboggan

All Photos © Airitme Al

Swiss Toboggan Stats

  • Length: 450 feet
  • Height: 45 feet

50. Wyoming

Cowboy Coaster at Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole (2015)

Photo © Snow King Mountain

Note: Cowboy Coaster is an alpine/mountain coaster.

Cowboy Coaster Stats

  • Length: 3,280 feet
  • Speed: 27 mph

Many thanks to RCDB for keeping such great records of these roller coasters, some of which are fairly obscure.

What is the oldest operating roller coaster that you’ve ridden? Let us know in the comments section below.

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9 Responses

  1. Richard says:

    Actually the one for Virginia has an error. The Woodstock Express has only ever been themed to Scooby Doo (as Scooby Doo Ghoster Coaster), then shortly after Cedar Fair bought the park it was just Ghoster Coaster. And then it got changed to Woodstock Express (after the little yellow bird from the “peanuts” comic strip.

    • Eric Wooley says:

      Good catch Richard! The Kings Island version had a Fairly Odd Parents name, but not KD. Thanks, should be updated now!

  2. Anthony says:

    Ohio is definitely wrong. Blue streak at Cedar Point was built and opened in 1938…

    • Eric Wooley says:

      I think you’re mixing up your Blue Streaks. The one at Cedar Point opened in 1964. Like Sandi says, the one at Conneaut Lake opened in 1938 (and is still running today).

  3. Sandi says:

    The Blue Streak is @ Conneaut Lake Park,
    Pennsylvania. 1938

  4. Michael Case says:

    Why not Meteor at Little Amerricka as Wisconsin’s oldest? It was originally built as Little Dipper at Kiddytown in Illinois in 1953. It would be similar to counting the relocated Little Dipper now at Six Flags Great America by its original build year at Kiddieland in 1950.

    • John says:

      Hey Michael, since Meteor has only been operating in Wisconsin since 2007, it didn’t seem fitting to claim it as the state’s oldest. However, I know that it’s a bit of a gray area.

  5. Shanna says:

    Since Seabreeze park didn’t open this year, Jack Rabbit at Kennywood Park in Pennsylvania, which also opened in 1920, is the oldest continuously operating coaster in the world.

  6. Shane says:

    What about the scenic railroad in Luna park Melbourne Australia it opened in 1912 .it would be the oldest

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