John C. Allen

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John C. Allen
Born (1907-05-21)May 21, 1907
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died August 17, 1979(1979-08-17) (aged 72)
Occupation Roller coaster designer
Years active 1934–1979
Known for Philadelphia Toboggan Company manufacturers

John C. Allen (May 21, 1907 – August 17, 1979) was a roller coaster designer who was responsible for the revival of wooden roller coasters which began in the 1970s. He attended Drexel University. He started working for the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1934 as a coaster operator and rose to become president of the company by 1954. He has designed over 25 coasters and has made significant contributions to roller coaster technology. He once said, "You don't need a degree in engineering to design roller coasters, you need a degree in psychology."

Coaster list[edit]

Name Location Built Closed
Valley Volcano Angela Park (amusement park) 1956 1988
Jet Flyer/Sea Dragon Gooding Zoo Park/(Wyandot Lake/Jungle Jack's Landing) 1956 Operating
Tornado Wedgewood Village 1960 Operating
Skyliner Lakemont Park 1960 Operating
Golden Nugget Mine/Black Diamond Knoebels Amusement Resort 1960 Operating
Starliner Miracle Strip/Cypress Gardens 1963 Operating
Giant Coaster/The Wild One Six Flags America 1963 Operating
Blue Streak Cedar Point 1964 Operating
Swamp Fox Grand Strand Park/Family Kingdom 1966 Operating
Cannon Ball Lake Winnepesaukah 1967 Operating
Zingo Bell's Amusement Park 1968 Operating
Great American Scream Machine Six Flags Over Georgia 1973 Operating
Rebel Yell Kings Dominion 1975 Operating
Woodstock Express Kings Dominion 1975 Operating
Screamin' Eagle Six Flags St. Louis 1976 Operating
The Racer Kings Island 1972 Operating
Woodstock Express Kings Island 1972 Operating
Jet / Mighty Lightnin' / Comet Rocky Glen Park 1959 1987 (Demolished 1994)

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