Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters

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Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Inc.
TypePrivate
Industry Manufacturing
Founded1904 (1904)
Headquarters,
United States
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Tom Rebbie (President/CEO)
Products Amusement rides, roller coasters
OwnerTom Rebbie
Website Official website

Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (PTC) is one of the oldest existing roller coaster manufacturing companies in the world. Based in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, it was established in 1904 by Henry Auchey and Chester Albright under the name Philadelphia Toboggan Company. The company manufactured carousels, wooden roller coasters, toboggans (roller coaster cars) and later, roller coaster trains.

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History

The Philadelphia Toboggan Company was incorporated January 20, 1904. [1] It built and designed roller coasters until 1979. Notable designers included Joe McKee, John A. Miller, Herbert Schmeck, Frank Hoover, and John C. Allen. When Allen retired as president in 1976, the company stopped designing roller coasters but continued to work on coaster projects until 1979 when it exited the coaster-construction industry permanently. [2]

The company manufactured carousels known for their elaborate carvings and decorations. It expanded with the acquisition of the inventory of the Dentzel Carousel Company in 1927. [3] Lead carvers included Daniel Carl Muller, Leo Zoller, John Zalar, and Frank Caretta. [4] Examples of the company's carousels (manufactured 19041934) exist throughout the United States.[ citation needed ]

The Philadelphia Toboggan Company built the Rollo Coaster at Idlewild Park in 1938, and the carousel for the same amusement park in 1931. The company manufactured Skee Ball games from 1946-1977. [5] In 1926, PTC was granted a trademark on a new name, Philtobco.[ citation needed ]

Flying Turns

Developed by J. Norman Bartlett and John Miller, the Flying Turns coasters came to the attention of PTC. Recognizing the ride's potential, PTC signed a licensing agreement with Bartlett and Miller to market the ride in North America—with the exception of the state of California. [6] With the arrival of the Great Depression, PTC built only one in 1931, at Rocky Point Amusement Park. The coaster was engineered by Herbert Schmeck, but experienced problems. The ride opened late in the summer and Schmeck stayed on site for some time before he was able to get the ride operating consistently. The ride was damaged beyond repair by a storm on September 21, 1938. [6]

Schmeck engineered a second Flying Turns for Hershey Park in August 1941. Due to the entry of the United States into World War II, and the resulting rationing of building materials, the roller coaster was never built. It would have been located in the park next to what is now the Wave Swinger, and part of where the Comet lift hill is located. [7] Though Bartlett and Miller went on to build several more Flying Turns-type coasters, PTC never proposed another. [6]

1990s to present

On November 27, 1991, Tom Rebbie and Bill Dauphinee purchased the Philadelphia Toboggan Company from Sam High (1934–2011), and incorporated a new company, Philadelphia Toboggan Coaster, shortly thereafter. [8] Rebbie was appointed president. In 2007 he bought out Dauphinee to become the sole owner, and changed the company's name to Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc. (PTCI). The company continues to manufacture roller coaster trains, queue gates and fin brakes. [9]

List of roller coasters

As of 2019, Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters has built 127 roller coasters around the world. [10]

PTC #NameParkCountryOpenedStatusDetails
1Figure 8 TobogganPine Beach Park

(Norfolk, Virginia)

Flag of the United States.svg United States1904Removed (1906 or later)Figure eight layout. Designed by Henry B. Auchy. [11] [12]
2Toboggan Figure 8Vinewood Park

(Topeka, Kansas)

Flag of the United States.svg United States1904RemovedFigure eight layout. Designed by Henry B. Auchy. [13] [12]
3Forest Toboggan Olentangy Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1904RemovedDesigned by Henry B. Auchy. Possibly relocated from a former zoo in Columbus, Ohio. Later named the "Scenic Coaster" and "Red Devil." [14] [12]
4Figure 8 White City Flag of the United States.svg United States19041912Figure eight layout. Designed by Henry B. Auchy. [15] [12]
5Figure Eight TobogganPabst Park

(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)

Flag of the United States.svg United States1904Removed (1910 or later)Figure eight layout. Designed by Chester E. Albright. [16] [12]
6Toboggan Slide Elitch Gardens (Original Location) Flag of the United States.svg United States19041925 [17] [12]
7Figure EightDelmar Garden

(University City, Missouri)

Flag of the United States.svg United States1905Removed (1908 or later)Figure eight layout. [18] [12]
8UnknownUnknown

(Fort George, New York)

Flag of the United States.svg United States1905Removed [12]
9Figure Eight Euclid Beach Flag of the United States.svg United States1904Removed [19] [12]
10Figure 8Idlewood Amusement Park (Richmond, Virginia) Flag of the United States.svg United States19061909Designed by Henry B. Auchy. [20] [12]
11Forest Coaster White City Flag of the United States.svg United States1906RemovedReconstructed. [12] [21]
12UnknownDreamland

(Coney Island, New York)

Flag of the United States.svg United States19071911Designed by Chester E. Albright. Burnt down. [12]
13Unknown Willow Grove Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1909RemovedReconstructed. [12]
14UnknownDelmar Garden

(University City, Missouri)

Flag of the United States.svg United States1910RemovedReconstructed. [12]
15Unknown Elitch Gardens

(Original Location)

Flag of the United States.svg United States1910RemovedReconstructed. [12]
16 / 26Jack Rabbit
Formerly Forest Scenic Railway
Point Breeze Park

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Flag of the United States.svg United States19121923Rebuilt and given new serial number in 1918. [22] [12]
17UnknownGolden City Park

(Canarsie, New York)

Flag of the United States.svg United States1915RemovedDesigned by Joe A. McKee, construction supervisor Joe A. McKee. [12]
18UnknownLake Orion

(Detroit, Michigan)

Flag of the United States.svg United States1915RemovedDesigned by Joe A. McKee, construction supervisor C. Mitchow. [12]
19North Wind Coaster
Formerly Jack Rabbit
Luna Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1915RemovedDesigned by Joe A. McKee, construction supervisor Baker. [12] [23]
20Jack RabbitWillough Beach Park

(Willoughby, Ohio)

Flag of the United States.svg United States19151924Designed by Joe A. McKee, construction supervisor Baker. [12] [24]
21Unknown Revere Beach Flag of the United States.svg United States1916RemovedDesigned by Joe A. McKee, construction supervisor Edward E. Rhoads. [12]
22Jack Rabbit Shellpot Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1916RemovedDesigned by Joe A. McKee, construction supervisor Austin McFadden. [12] [25]
23 / 91 Wild One
Formerly Giant Coaster
Six Flags America
Paragon Park
Flag of the United States.svg United States1986
1917-1985
OperatingDesigned by John A. Miller, construction supervisor William Strickler. [12] Herbert P. Schmeck redesigned much of the ride in 1932 and assigned it a new serial number after it was destroyed by fire. It was relocated to Wild World (today known as Six Flags America) with assistance from the Dinn Corporation in 1986. [26]
24Forest RideRoss Grove / Ross Farms (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Flag of the United States.svg United States1917Removed [12] [27]
25Unknown Euclid Beach Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1917Removed [12]
26aJack RabbitRocky Springs Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1918Removed [28]
27Forest Ride Willow Grove Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1919Removed [29]
28Jack Rabbit Clementon Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1919RemovedDesigned by John A. Miller. [30] [12]
29Deep Dipper Carlin's Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1919RemovedDesigned by John A. Miller. [31] [12]
30DipsBuckroe Beach Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1920RemovedDesigned by John A. Miller, construction supervisor Herbert P. Schmeck. [32] [12]
31Deep DipperFrederick Road Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1920RemovedDesigned by John A. Miller. [12] Destroyed by fire. [33]
32Racer Dip Bay Shore Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1920RemovedDesigned by John A. Miller, construction supervisor Herbert P. Schmeck. [34] [12]
33Mountain Dips Coaster Rocky Glen Flag of the United States.svg United States1920RemovedDesigned by John A. Miller, construction supervisor Herbert P. Schmeck. [35] [12] Dismantled in December 1939.
34Alpine DipsSanatoga Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1921RemovedAt points referred to as Saratoga Park. Designed by John A. Miller, construction supervisor Herbert P. Schmeck. [36] [12]
35 / 88Wildcat
Formerly Thriller
Formerly Wasco Dips
Enna Jettick Park / Lakeside Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1921 / 19301941Designed by John A. Miller and Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisors Frank F. Hoover and Herbert P. Schmeck. [37] [12] Altered in 1930 and given a new serial number.
36WildcatMerrimack Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1921RemovedDesigned by John A. Miller, construction supervisor Herbert P. Schmeck. [38] [12]
37Roller CoasterWoodlawn Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1922RemovedDesigned by John A. Miller, construction supervisors Herbert P. Schmeck and C.S. Ellis. [39] [12]
38DipsSchuylkill Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1922RemovedDesigned by John A. Miller, construction supervisors Herbert P. Schmeck and L.J. Mueller. [40] [12]
39 / 97 Wildcat

Formerly Joy Ride

Hersheypark Flag of the United States.svg United States1923RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck, construction supervisor Herbert P. Schmeck. [41] [12] Renovated in 1935 and renamed Wildcat. Renovation designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Frank F. Hoover. [12] [42]
39aWildcatFrederick Road Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1923Removed [43]
40Ski Ride Broad Ripple Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1924RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [44] [12]
41 / 87 Thunderhawk
Formerly Coaster
Dorney Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1924 / 1930OperatingDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [45] [12] Originally out-and-back design, modified into a figure eight design for 1930 season and given new serial number.
42Thriller Euclid Beach Flag of the United States.svg United States1924RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [46] [12]
43Big Roller CoasterMemorial Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1924RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. 66 feet, 2 inches tall. [47] [12]
44CycloneParc Belmont Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada1924RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck, construction supervisor H.F. Allen. [48] [12]
45Island FlyerIsland Park

(Sunbury, Pennsylvania)

Flag of the United States.svg United States1925RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [49] [12]
46 / 93Wildcat Bertrand Island Flag of the United States.svg United States1925RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck, construction supervisor George J. Baker. [50] [12] Underwent alterations and assigned new serial number in 1934. [12]
47Wildcat Shady Grove Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1925RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck, construction supervisors George J. Baker and James L. Martz. 62 feet, 11 inches tall. [51] [12]
48Giant Roller CoasterLakeside Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1925RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [52] [12]
49Wildcat Shellpot Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1925RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. 65 feet, 1 inch tall. [53] [12]
50Junior CoasterWoodlawn Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1925RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [54] [12]
51Wildcat Long Branch Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1926RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [55]
52Sky Rocket Elitch Gardens Flag of the United States.svg United States19261935Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [56] Later renovated into Wildcat (PTC serial number 98).
53Wildcat Coney Island Flag of the United States.svg United States1926RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [57]
54Twister Coney Island Flag of the United States.svg United States1926RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [58]
55Kids Coaster Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Flag of the United States.svg United States1926RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [59]
56Wildcat Rocky Point Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1926RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [60]
57ExpressBrandywine Picnic Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1926RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [61] [12]
58Wild Cat Seabreeze Amusement Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19261935Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Frank H. Hoover. Destroyed by fire in 1935. [12] [62]
59WildcatFernbrook Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1926RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [63] Dismantled in 1945; its wood was used to build Sterling's "Million Dollar" Coaster at Rocky Glen Park in Moosic, PA in 1946.
60CoasterLaurel Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1926RemovedDesigned by Herbert Paul Schmeck. Sold for lumber at end of 1935. [64]
60a / 82WildcatJoyland Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1926 / 19291964Conflicting reports on 1926 or 1929 opening and serial number 60a or 82. [12] [65] Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Frank H. Hoover.
61 Wildcat Lake Compounce Flag of the United States.svg United States1927OperatingDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [66]
62TwisterCroops Glen Flag of the United States.svg United States1927RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [67]
63WildcatEdgewood Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1927RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] Built for Thomas E. Kerstetter. [68]
64Wild Cat Woodside Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1927RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [69] [12]
65Tornado Woodside Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1927RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [70] [12]
67TwisterHocus Pocus Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1927RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [71] [12]
68Twister Lakemont Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1927RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [72] [12]
69WildcatBelvedere Beach Amusement Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1927Removed - 1940-1947Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [73]
70Bear CatSans Souci Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1928RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [74]
71TwisterWarner Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1928RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [75]
72WildcatBrady Lake Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1928RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [76]
73WildcatRocky Springs Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19281965Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor James L. Martz. [12] Still standing but not operational from 1966 through early 1990s. [77]
74TwisterMcCullough Lake Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19281936Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor George J. Baker. [12] [78]
75Zip White City (Shrewsbury, Massachusetts) Flag of the United States.svg United States19281951Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [79]
76WildcatErie Beach Park Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada19281930Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [80] [12]
77Baby DipperHappyland Park Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada19281944Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [81] [12]
78RocketOcean View Amusement Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19291978Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] Alterations made to ride originally designed by Edward A. Vettel. Dynamited in 1979.
79UnknownOlympic Park (Newark, New Jersey) Flag of the United States.svg United States1929RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. Alteration of pre-existing coaster. [12]
80WildcatPine Island Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19291961Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor William Marquet. [82] [12]
81Mountain Flyer Mountain Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19291987Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [83]
83Wildcat Idora Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19301984Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Harry C. Baker. [12] [84] Heavily damaged by fire on April 26, 1984. Remnants remained standing until July 26, 2001. [84]
84CyclonePalace Playland Flag of the United States.svg United States1930RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor James L. Martz. [12] Conflicting reports on its closure and if it was destroyed by fire. [85]
85WildcatLakeside Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19301964Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisors Frank F. Hoover and James L. Martz. [12] [86]
86 / 92 Yankee Cannonball
Formerly Greyhound
Formerly Roller Coaster
Canobie Lake Park
Lakewood Park
Flag of the United States.svg United States1936
1930 to 1935
OperatingDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Frank F. Hoover. Relocated to current park and assigned new serial number after 1935 season. [87] [12] [88]
89UnknownMid City Park (Albany, New York) Flag of the United States.svg United States1931RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12]
90Flying Turns Rocky Point Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19311938Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck and John Norman Bartlett; built by John Norman Bartlett; construction supervisor Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [89]
Unknown Blue Flyer
Formerly Zipper Dipper
Blackpool Pleasure Beach Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom1934OperatingBelieved to have been built by Charlie Paige and possibly with Harry Traver's assistance. [90] Serial number unknown.
94Teddy Bear Coney Island Flag of the United States.svg United States1935RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [91]
95Teddy Bear Kennywood Flag of the United States.svg United States19351947Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Andy Vettel. [12] [92]
96Whirlwind Ocean Pier Flag of the United States.svg United States19351943Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [93] Destroyed by fire. [12]
98 / 99Wildcat Elitch Gardens Flag of the United States.svg United States19361994Renovation of park's former Sky Rocket coaster (PTC serial number 52). [94] Discrepancy on whether serial number 98 or 99. Renovation designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] Rremained standing but not operational from 1994 through 1999.
98 / 99Teddy Bear Elitch Gardens Flag of the United States.svg United States1936RemovedDiscrepancy on whether serial number 98 or 99. [95] Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck.
100Shooting Star
Formerly Clipper
Coney Island Flag of the United States.svg United States19371971Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] Opened as Clipper before being heavily renovated and renamed Shooting Star in 1947. [96]
101 Rollo Coaster Idlewild and Soak Zone Flag of the United States.svg United States1938OperatingDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [97]
102Alps Willow Grove Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19391975Ride originally built in 1905 by LaMarcus A. Thompson and John Miller. Altered in 1939 by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12]
103Roller CoasterBayside Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19421958Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [98]
104CometPleasure Pier Flag of the United States.svg United States19421958Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] Closed after hurricane damage. [99]
105Comet Forest Park Highlands Amusement Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19411963Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] Damaged by fire and removed three years later. [100]
106WildcatSalisbury Beach (Salisbury, Massachusetts) Flag of the United States.svg United States19411975Alterations to Comet roller coaster that originally opened in 1922. Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [101] [12]
107Big Dipper Geauga Lake Flag of the United States.svg United States19452007Alterations to Sky Rocket. Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Frank F. Hoover. [12] [102]
108 Cyclone Palisades Amusement Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19451971Alterations to Skyrocket roller coaster that originally opened in 1926. Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Joe A. McKee. [12] [103]
109 Comet Hersheypark Flag of the United States.svg United States1946OperatingDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Frank F. Hoover. [12] Remodeled in 1978. [104]
110CometMeyer's Lake Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19471974Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor William Marquet. [12] [105]
111 Phoenix
Formerly Rocket
Knoebels Amusement Park & Resort
Playland Park
Flag of the United States.svg United States1985
1948 to 1980
OperatingDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [106] [107]
112 Comet Great Escape
Crystal Beach Park
Flag of the United States.svg United States1994
1948 to 1989
OperatingDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [108] Relocation performed by Martin & Vleminckx. [109]
113Nightmare
Formerly Roller Coaster
Joyland Flag of the United States.svg United States1949RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Frank F. Hoover. [12] [110]
114Little DipperHoppyland Flag of the United States.svg United States1949RemovedJunior coaster for John Lorman of Venice, California. Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Rudy Illions. [12] [111]
115 Little Dipper Six Flags Great America
Kiddieland
Flag of the United States.svg United States2010
1950 to 2009
OperatingDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Frank F. Hoover. [12] [112] [113]
116Comet Ghost Town on the River Flag of the United States.svg United States19511976Designed by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] Standing but not operating in 1970 and 1971 [114]
117 Comet Waldameer Flag of the United States.svg United States1951OperatingDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor James L. Martz. [12] [115]
118Jet Star
Formerly Rocket
Formerly Jet
Formerly Jack Rabbit
Olympic Park Flag of the United States.svg United States19511965Originally built in 1925; [116] alterations by Herbert P. Schmeck and John A. Miller. [12] [116]
119Montaña RusaIsla del Coco Flag of Cuba.svg Cuba1951RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck; construction supervisor Frank F. Hoover. [12] [117]
120Meteor
Formerly Little Dipper
Little Amerricka

Hillcrest Park
Kiddytown

Flag of the United States.svg United States2006
1967 to 2003
1953 to 1966
OperatingDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] Relocated to Hillcrest Park in Lemont, Illinois by 1967, then to Little Amerricka for the 2007 season. [118] [119] [120]
121Roller CoasterFunland Flag of the United States.svg United States1954RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [121] [12]
122Junior Coaster Lincoln Beach Flag of the United States.svg United States1955RemovedDesigned by Herbert P. Schmeck. [12] [122]
122aLittle Dipper Belmont Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1955RemovedDesigned by Mitchell. [12] [123]
123Flyer Hunt's Pier Flag of the United States.svg United States19571988Designed by John C. Allen; construction supervisor James L. Martz. [124]
124Valley Volcano Angela Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1956Removed [125]
Sea Dragon
Formerly Jet Flyer
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Flag of the United States.svg United States1956Operating [126]
Comet
Formerly Mighty Lightnin
Formerly Ghost Town Jet
Rocky Glen Flag of the United States.svg United States1959Removed [127]
Tornado Wedgewood Village Flag of the United States.svg United States1961Removed [128]
Blue Streak Cedar Point Flag of the United States.svg United States1964Operating [129]
Mr. Twister Elitch Gardens Flag of the United States.svg United States1964Removed [130]
Jetstream Riverview Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1964Removed [131]
SkylinerFair Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1965Removed [132]
Swamp Fox Family Kingdom Amusement Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1966Operating [133]
Cannon Ball Lake Winnepesaukah Flag of the United States.svg United States1967Operating [134]
Zingo Bell's Amusement Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1968Removed [135]
TornadoPetticoat Junction Flag of the United States.svg United States1970Removed [136]
Racer Kings Island Flag of the United States.svg United States1972Operating [137]
Woodstock Express
Formerly Fairly Odd Coaster
Formerly Beastie
Formerly Scooby Doo
Kings Island Flag of the United States.svg United States1972Operating [138]
Great American Scream Machine Six Flags Over Georgia Flag of the United States.svg United States1973Operating [139]
CometFunway Amusement Park Flag of the United States.svg United States1973Removed [140]
Woodstock Express
Formerly Ghoster Coaster
Formerly Scooby-Doo's Ghoster Coaster
FormerlyScooby Doo
Kings Dominion Flag of the United States.svg United States1974Operating [141]
Woodstock Express
Formerly Fairly Odd Coaster
Formerly Scooby Doo's Ghoster Coaster
Formerly Scooby Doo
Carowinds Flag of the United States.svg United States1975Operating [142]
Racer 75
Formerly Rebel Yell
Kings Dominion Flag of the United States.svg United States1975Operating [143]
Screamin' Eagle Six Flags St. Louis Flag of the United States.svg United States1976Operating [144]
Thunder Road Carowinds Flag of the United States.svg United States1976Removed [145]
Skyliner Lakemont Park
Roseland Park
Flag of the United States.svg United States1987
1960 to 1985
Operating [146]
[147]
Starliner Cypress Gardens
Miracle Strip Amusement Park
Flag of the United States.svg United States2007
1963 to 2004
Removed [148]
[149]
Black Diamond
Formerly Golden Nugget
Knoebels Amusement Park & Resort
Dinosaur Beach
Flag of the United States.svg United States2011
1960 to 1998
Operating [150]
[151]
Shooting Star Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe
Lakeside Park
Flag of the United States.svg United StatesUnknown
1968 to 1986
Removed [152]
[153]

Carousels

Most PTC carousels were numbered, so they are easily identified. Most have been moved from their original opening locations. PTC carousels that are still operating or in restoration:

PTC #OwnerCity, StateYear BuiltNotesRef(s)
6 Kit Carson Co. Fairgrounds Burlington, Colorado
1905
Originally built for Elitch Gardens in 1905, it was removed and sold to Kit Carson County in 1928 in favor of the new, more modern PTC #51. [154]
9 Carousel of Pottstown Pottstown, Pennsylvania
1905
Restoration completed November 2016
15 Palisades Center Mall West Nyack, New York
1907
Removed 2009 [155]
17 Six Flags Over Georgia Atlanta, Georgia
1908
18 Destiny USA Syracuse, New York
1909
19 Western Reserve Historical Society Cleveland, Ohio
1910
Formerly Euclid Beach Park (1910–1969); Palace Playland (1970s–1996); returned to Ohio in 1996 and restoration completed November 2014
21 Six Flags Magic Mountain Valencia, California
1912
30 Luna Park, Melbourne St Kilda, Melbourne Australia
1913
33 Como Park St. Paul, Minnesota
1914
35 Six Flags St. Louis Eureka, Missouri
1915
39 Lake Winnepesaukah Rossville, Georgia
1916
43 Washington State Fair Puyallup, Washington
1917
44 Kings Dominion Doswell, Virginia
1917
45 Woodland Park Zoo Seattle, Washington
1918
46 Magic Kingdom Bay Lake, Florida
1917
Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
47 Hersheypark Hershey, Pennsylvania
1919
[156] [157]
49 Louisville Zoo Louisville, Kentucky
1919
Formerly Clementon Park, Clementon, NJ (1919–1997) [158]

[159]

50 City of Hampton Hampton, Virginia
1920
51 Elitch Gardens Theme Park Denver, Colorado
1925–1928
Built for the original northwest location of Elitch Gardens to replace PTC #6, it, along with many of Elitch Gardens' original rides, were moved to the park's Downtown Denver location in 1995. [160]
53Charles N. Walker Griffin, Georgia
1920
[161]
54 Battleship Cove Fall River, Massachusetts
1920
59 Peddler's Village Lahaska, Pennsylvania
1922
61 David and Jane Walentas Brooklyn, New York
1922
Formerly Idora Park, Youngstown, Ohio (1922–1984); now known as Jane's Carousel
62 Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica, California
1922
67 Carowinds Charlotte, North Carolina
1923
72Sonny's Place Somers, Connecticut
1925
Formerly Kiddieland Amusement Park, Melrose Place, Ill. (1952–2009) [162]
75 Gillians Wonderland Pier and Island Waterpark Ocean City, New Jersey
1926
Formerly Fernbrook Park, Dallas, PA, (1926–1944)

Formerly Rolling Green Park, Sellinsgrove, PA, (1944–1972)

[163]

76 Valleyfair Shakopee, Minnesota
1925
79 Kings Island Mason, Ohio
1926
Formerly Coney Island, Cincinnati (1926–1971)
80 Holyoke Heritage State Park Holyoke, Massachusetts
1927–1929
Holyoke Merry-Go-Round, originally built for Mountain Park which shuttered in 1987, preservation campaign moved to Heritage State Park in 1993
83 Idlewild Park Ligonier, Pennsylvania
1931
84 Canada's Wonderland Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
1928
85Carousel Station (formerly part of Paragon Park) Hull, Massachusetts
1928
87 Family Kingdom Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1929
Mechanism only - Horses Replaced - formerly Asbury Park, NJ, Casino

Funhouse items

Beginning before World War II, PTC was involved with the booming dark ride and funhouse business. It spawned the company Funni-Frite Industries of Lancaster, Columbus, and (later) Pickerington, Ohio, which ceased manufacturing operations in 2000. [164]

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