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Coaster Landmark Award

Coaster: Jack Rabbit
Park: Seabreeze Amusement Park - Rochester, NY
Date awarded: 8/15/2015

Plaque Text

American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE) recognizes Jack Rabbit at Seabreeze Amusement Park as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historic significance.

Jack Rabbit was created by John A. Miller (1872-1941), one of the greatest coaster designers of the era, and builder Harry C. Baker (1887-1939). It is one of the first coasters to feature Miller's revolutionary underfriction wheel design that locks coaster trains to the track, allowing for more daring, larger and steeper drops that produce greater speeds. Jack Rabbit, which opened in May 1920, utilizes portions of the park's natural topography that allowed Miller to design an exciting out-and-back terrain coaster that quickly became a park favorite. Today, it is the world's oldest operating underfriction roller coaster and the second oldest coaster operating in North America.

Standing at a maximum height of 60 feet, the 2,150-foot-long ride features Miller's signature camelback, airtime-producing hills, including a thrilling 75-foot first drop. It also includes a tunneled helix with a surprise-ending drop before returning to the station. The coaster was almost completely lost when the loading station and lift hill were destroyed along with several other classic park attractions due to a devastating fire in 1923. Fortunately, the damaged portions of Jack Rabbit were rebuilt for the 1924 season.

ACE commends Seabreeze on its continued operation and preservation of a historic classic.

Presented by American Coaster Enthusiasts

During Jack Rabbit's 95th anniversary season

August 15, 2015

Contacts
Vacant Position
Preservation Director
Dave Hahner
Historian

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