Roller Coaster

f.k.a. Lagoon Dipper, Silver Coaster, Giant Roller Coaster
Opened: 28 May 1921
Location: Central Midway
Designed By: John A. Miller & Harry C. Baker
Built By: Colorado Construction Co.
Cost: $75,000
Lift Type: Chain Lift
Max Speed: 45 mph
Max Height: 62 ft
Max Drop: 57 ft
Track Length: 2,590 ft
Number Of Trains: 2
Cars Per Train: 4
Ride Capacity: 24 (3 rows of 2 per car)
Hourly Capacity: 1,920

New Roller Coaster signage, May 2018. Photo: B. Miskin

Lagoon’s Roller Coaster is the second oldest ride still operating at the park and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It has also been recognized by the American Coaster Enthusiasts as a Roller Coaster Landmark. It’s one of only seven John A. Miller designed coasters still operating in the world.

The classic wooden coaster opened in 1921, replacing the park’s first roller coaster, called the Scenic Railway. When a fire spread through the park on the night of 14 November 1953, the station and front portion of the ride was burned. The damaged section and a new station was built in time for opening day in 1954.

Roller Coaster in 1991. Photo courtesy of Deseret News

In the early 1990s, a new entrance ramp was built in front to accommodate accessibility requirements. In 2018, the station was was partially rebuilt and new trains were added. It was also at this time that the entrance became the exit and a new queue was built where the exit used to be.

A more thorough history of the Roller Coaster is currently in progress…

SOURCES

Farmington Fractions. Davis County Clipper, 27 May 1921.

National Register of Historic Places, Lagoon Roller Coaster, Farmington, Davis County, Utah, National Register #12000885. National Park Service, 24 Oct 2012.

Roller Coaster Landmark Awards. ACEonline.org, accessed 14 Sep 2019.

One reply on “Roller Coaster”

In the 1960s and early ’70s there was a sign above the last hill after making the parking lot turn that told riders if they wanted a re-ride to have 7 tickets ready. Those so inclined could remain in their car and enjoy a second go around.

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