Mission Beach Roller Coaster

Also known as: Mission Beach Roller Coaster National Historic Landmark, Belm
3000 Mission Blvd., San Diego, California

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Description 

Constructed in 1925, this is one of two large wooden scaffolded roller coasters with structural integrity that remain on the West Coast. The "Earthquake" roller coaster, as it is also called, is the only one on the West Coast by noted coaster builders Prior and Church. It is the prime survivor and most visible symbol of the Mission Beach Amusement Center, the centerpiece of sugar-heir John D. Spreckels' ambitious early 20th-century recreational development. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, February 27, 1987

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on December 27, 1978
Reference number
78000753
Architectural style
Other architectural type; "Bobs"-type coaster
Areas of significance
Community Planning and Development; Engineering; Entertainment/Recreation; Social History
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Fair
Period of significance
1925-1949
Significant year
1925

Update Log 

  • March 7, 2017: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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