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Coaster Landmark - Cyclone

Photo: Bobby Nagy

American Coaster Enthusiasts recognizes Cyclone as an ACE Roller Coaster Landmark, a designation reserved for rides of historical significance.

With a demand for new rides at Coney Island, businessmen Jack and Irving Rosenthal hired designer Vernon Keenan and builder Harry C. Baker to construct a dynamic new roller coaster near the former site of America’s first coaster, the 1884 L.A. Thompson Switchback Railway. Opened on June 26, 1927, the 2,640-foot long, 85-foot high Cyclone was later described by Charles Lindbergh as more thrilling than flying.

Remodeled in 1937 by Christopher Feuecht, the wood and steel twister was saved from demolition in 1974 by Astroland’s founder Dewey Albert. It has since been duplicated across the globe and has served as a backdrop for motion pictures, weddings, and world-record riding marathons. While it has weathered storms, rival competition, and the Great Depression, the Brooklyn Institution stands today as one of the last Golden Age roller coasters. Designated a New York City Landmark in 1988 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991, the Cyclone is acclaimed internationally and is celebrated as one of the most famous roller coasters in the world.

Presented by the American Coaster Enthusiasts
June 2002

Coaster:  Cyclone

Park:  Astroland - Brooklyn, New York

Built:  1927

Type:  Wood

Manufacturer:  Keenan

Height:  85 feet

Length:  2,640 feet

Speed:  60 mph

Date awarded:  June 29, 2002


Photo: Tim Baldwin


Photo: Mark Rosenzweig


Video: Courtesy Coaster Force