Santa Cruz Looff Carousel and Roller Coaster

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Looff Carousel and Roller Coaster on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz Looff Carousel and Roller Coaster is located in California
Santa Cruz Looff Carousel and Roller Coaster
Location 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, California
Coordinates 36°57′53″N 122°0′56″W / 36.96472°N 122.01556°W / 36.96472; -122.01556Coordinates: 36°57′53″N 122°0′56″W / 36.96472°N 122.01556°W / 36.96472; -122.01556
Built 1911
Architect Charles I. D. Looff; Arthur Looff
Architectural style Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 87000764
Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 27, 1987[1]
Designated NHL February 24, 1987[2]

Santa Cruz Looff Carousel and Roller Coaster On The Beach Boardwalk is a National Historic Landmark composed of two parts, a Looff carousel and the Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster, at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Looff Carousel[edit]

Brass Ring dispenser and target on Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk's Looff Carousel in Santa Cruz, California The ring dispenser is visible as a mechanical arm crossing to the upper left, where a rider is grabbing the ring

The Looff Carousel includes a brass ring dispenser. Riders on the outside horses can reach out and try to grab rings which then get tossed at the target which is a large clown's mouth. It is one of the only ring dispeners still operating in the world. Sometimes, riders keep the rings to remember their visit.

Roof of the Carousel

The Looff family was one of the major early manufacturers of carousels, including this 1911 example. Only five other intact Looff carousels remain in the United States. The 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster is the older of the two large, wooden scaffolded roller coasters remaining on the West Coast.

The Looff Carousel and Giant Dipper roller coaster were both declared National Historic Landmarks in 1987.[2][3]

Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster[edit]

Main article: Giant Dipper

The Giant Dipper is a classic wooden roller coaster that still provides entertainment over 80 years after it debuted.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Santa Cruz Looff Carousel & Roller Coaster On The Beach Boardwalk". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  3. ^ James H. Charleton (October 15, 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Roller Coaster ("The Big Dipper") and Carousel" (PDF). National Park Service  and Accompanying 3 photos, from 1985. PDF (628 KB)

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