First roller coaster opens on Coney Island The first American roller coaster opened for business on June 16, 1884, in Brooklyn, New York. It was an instant hit and by the turn of the century had ... more 
First roller coaster opens on Coney Island The first American roller coaster opened for business on June 16, 1884, in Brooklyn, New York. It was an instant hit and by the turn of the century had spawned hundreds more around the country. less 
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