Leap-the-Dips

700 Park Ave., Altoona, Pennsylvania

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Description 

Leap-the-Dips is the last known example of a Side-Friction Figure Eight roller coaster. Side Friction Figure Eight roller coasters were once common in amusement parks across North America as well as in parks in other parts of the world. The Side Friction Figure Eight type of coaster represented an important stage in the technological evolution of the roller coaster. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, June 19, 1996

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 15, 1991
Reference number
91000229
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Roller Coaster
Areas of significance
Engineering; Entertainment/Recreation
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Structure
Historic function
Fair
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant year
1902
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 4
Contributing objects: 8