Historical Iconic San Diego Giant Dipper coaster celebrates 93rd birthday on the

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – One of San Diego’s most notable and popular attraction’s, the historic Giant Dipper, is celebrating its 93rd birthday. Both a National and State historic landmark, the wooden roller coaster is a unique part of San Diego’s history. July 4, 2018 FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Historical & Iconic San Diego Giant Dipper coaster celebrates 93rd birthday on the Fourth of July The Giant Dipper is one of the only two remaining antique wooden roller coasters in California and has a rich San Diego history. It opened to the public on July 4, 1925. It was originally built as a key attraction for the 33-acre Mission Beach Amusement Center, which had opened just a few weeks earlier. The entire project was the idea of sugar magnate, John D. Spreckels, a major force in San Diego’s development.The original cost to build the coaster was $150,000, including the two-18 passenger trains. The Mission Beach Amusement Center was popular through the 1930s and ’40s and in later years it was renamed Belmont Park. By the late ’60s and early ’70s Belmont Park fell into disrepair and the park and coaster finally closed in December 1976.In the early 80’s the coaster became an eye sore in the heart of Mission Beach. After surviving several fires, peeling paint and becoming the home for local transients, the owner of the coaster was under a lot of pressure to have it torn down and the demolition date was set. A group of concerned citizens called “Save The Coaster Committee,” had the coaster designated as a National Landmark and asked that the ownership be transferred to them. The San Diego Coaster Company was than established and put $2 million into restoring it, ensuring that the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster exists today for future generations to enjoy. Over $2,000,000 was spent on the restoration of the Giant Dipper and one new train that was built for the ride. The new train has six, 4-person cars. On August 11, 1990 the newly restored, historic roller coaster was reopened to the public. Posted: July 4, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img

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