Lakemont Park

Altoona, Pennsylvania

October 1999

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Lakemont Park is in Altoona Pennsylvania and is home to the world's oldest roller coaster - Leap The Dips.

Lakemont Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania

Leap The Dips was built in 1902 by the E. Joy Morris Company.  It is the only "side friction" coaster in existence in North America with one other of it's kind operating in England.

Lakemont Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania

Leap the Dips is a very fun and interesting ride.  It's not the fastest or most intense ride but to coaster lovers it is a link to the past.

Lakemont Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania

Here's a picture to explain why it's called a "side friction" coaster.  The car's wheels are on the bottom to support the weight and it also has guide wheels on the side to direct the car.  From this shot you can see the side rails and the bottom rail.

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All pictures on this site have been taken by my wife Carrie or myself.  Please do not use without permission but ask and chances are I'll give it to you.

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Paul B. Drabek