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Coaster Landmark - Cyclone

Photo: Jeff Johnson

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

After a nationwide tour, park owner Ben Krasner contracted the T.M. Harton company to build a roller coaster based on the design that he had admired in New Orleans. On May 17, 1940, the Cyclone made its debut, with a maximum height of 80 feet and a track length of 2,800 feet, replacing the popular Derby Racer. It remains as one of only two existing examples of the work of designer Edward Vettel Sr.

The Cyclone's elegance can be found in its Art Deco station architecture and theater marquee entrance. For many, its stylish trains, wonderful tunnel and curving track layout are best enjoyed during the evening when the park is bathed in neon light, amidst the cool breezes of Lake Rhoda. From the top, there views of the distant Rocky Mountains, and also of the park’s famous ornate tower, built when the park was White City.

Beautifully maintained, this classic coaster continues to deliver thrills to riders of all ages, as one of only a handful of pre-World War II coasters still operating in North America.

Presented by the American Coaster Enthusiasts
August 2003

Coaster:  Cyclone

Park:  Lakeside Amusement Park - Denver, Colorado

Built:  1940

Type:  Wood

Manufacturer:  Harton/Vettel

Height:  85 feet

Length:  2,800 feet

Date awarded:  August 2, 2003


Photo: Mike Saunders


Photo: Tim Baldwin


Video: Courtesy Coaster Force