Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
ACE Roller Coaster Landmark
The 75-foot high wood coaster officially opened on May 17, 1924, replacing the 1908 L.A. Thompson scenic railway. With a track length of over 2,700 feet and an initial drop of 63 feet 6 inches, the innovative track design with articulating trains included tight twists, a thrilling serpentine tunnel, a graceful pan turn and the unusual curved station. Designed by Fredrick Church (1878-1938), it was constructed in less that seven weeks for $50,000 by Arthur Looff (1888-1970) who described the ride as a “combination earthquake, balloon ascension, and aeroplane drop.”
Over time, the stylish cars have been updated, adding to the charm of this well-maintained, double out-and-back coaster, which earned National Historic Landmark status in February 1987. While it has starred as a backdrop in several Hollywood films, this rare seaside coaster is best enjoyed during golden sunsets and after dark when tracer lights magically accentuate its legendary profile.
Considered one of the ten oldest operating roller coasters in the world and one of only three remaining examples of Church’s work, the beloved Giant Dipper
During the 100th Anniversary of Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
May 5, 2007
Erected 2007 by American Coaster Enthusiasts.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 36° 57.867′ N, 122° 0.962′ W. Marker is in Santa Cruz, California, in Santa Cruz County. Marker can be reached from Beach Street. Touch for map. This marker is located near the Giant Dipper ticket booth. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Beach Street, Oroville CA 95965, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Giant Dipper (here, next to this marker); Boardwalk Goes Hollywood (within shouting distance of this marker); Whiting’s Games (within shouting distance of this marker); Fickle Fashion (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fun, Fads, and Food (about 400 feet away); Magical Merry-go-round (about Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Boards (about 500 feet away); Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Cruz.
Regarding ACE Roller Coaster Landmark. This marker is located on the grounds of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.
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