In modern times, the Great American Scream Machine at SFOG claimed to be the tallest, fastest, longest coaster ever built when it opened in 1973. Until SF opened the Screaming Eagle at SFSTL, which they then boasted was the tallest, fastest . . .
All this time though, SF failed to recognize La Montana Rusa(now called Serpiente de Fuego)in Mexico City, built in 1964, which topped out at 110ft.
*** This post was edited by Draco on 7/12/2001. ***
I'd just like to discuss the usefulness of reading other posts before posting. Notice how I already listed a coaster built in 1928. Now, with that in mind, does GASM really sound like it was the first? Instead, try posting a coaster built earlier than 1928, if there are any...
Though it was not 100', the Flying turns at Euclid Beach opening in 1934 featured a height of 90'. So some coasters were indeed generally high....By contrast the Thriller at Euclid was 71' built in 1924
HUH? If it was the world's largest coaster that year (and it was), how did it not break any records? Also, is there another Blue Streak you are talking about? Because the one at CP didn't break anything and was built in the 60's.
What he said was that Gemini was the tallest STANDING coaster. One that was taller had been torn down (the Blue Streak) shortly before Gemini opened. Therefore Gemini did not break a record for the tallest roller coaster ever, just the tallest in existence. And if people would actually read the threads you would see that the Blue Streak in question was located at Woodcliffe Pleasure Park. There were several Blue Streaks over the years, so it doesn't always mean the one at CP.