Dreamland, Coney Island New York. During repairs on May 1911 to the Hell Gate dark ride, light bulbs exploded. A bucket of hot pitch was spilt, flames rose and the entire park was destroyed. It wasn't rebuilt.
First Roller Coaster - June 16 in the first roller coaster in America opens at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. It traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride. I rode it for the first time 102 summers later, in
The 'hoods. Old Brooklyn nostalgia. I haven't been to Coney Island in a million years! But my mother's side of the family was Brooklyn based and I spent the first few years of my life there. The old Cyclone wooden rollercoaster is now a National Landmark.