Coaster history books and/or sites

Saturday, January 25, 2003 3:03 PM

Can anybody give me a links to any good roller coaster history sites and/or titles of books? I'm wanting to know more about the days of John Miller, Coney Island, and Harry Traver.

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Saturday, January 25, 2003 9:55 PM
There is the 'E Amusement Park' store. No sure what the web site is, but try the search.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 5:10 AM

For sites, check the links here and on other sites. Include ACE's page on history.

For books check There are a few specific history books, and most general books on coasters have a chapter or two on the history of coasters.

Sunday, January 26, 2003 5:45 AM
I purchased recently two books that are excellent sources of amusment park and coaster history in the United States. The books are called, "The American Amusement Park" and "The American Roller Coaster". You can find them on and they are excellent books. Lots of full color pictures and great narative. I learned a ton from these books already and I am not even half done with them. I keep switching between the two because they are both that good.

Bob Hansen

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 5:52 AM

There is a book called Harry G. Traver: Legends of Terror. I haven't read it and it's listed on Amazon for $660!!

Here are some other places to go:

E-musement Park Store

Gunther Hall (books/videos)

Coney Island history

National Amusement Park Historical Association

Harry Traver

John Miller

Amusement Park History

More Coney Island here and here.

Amusement Ride Patents

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 6:17 AM
Why not pick up a copy of rollercoasters by David Bennett? if you're looking for some historical info as well as bio's on some of the great designers of the past then this is the book for you.

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Sunday, January 26, 2003 7:37 AM

l. Kennywood : Roller Coaster Capitol of the World, by Charles J. Jacques, Vestal Press.

2. Amusement Parks of Pennsylvania, by Jim Futrell, Stackpole Books.

Yes, I know, cynics will point out that today Cedar Point, etc., have more or bigger coasters. But you're looking for coaster history, and the fact is, Pennsylvania parks were building classic coasters before many of these other parks existed, or had not yet begun to grow to their present size.
Sunday, January 26, 2003 7:40 AM

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