John C. Allen

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John C. Allen
Born(1907-05-21)May 21, 1907
DiedAugust 17, 1979(1979-08-17) (aged 72)
OccupationRoller coaster designer
Years active1934–1979
Known forPhiladelphia 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 1960s. 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 more than 25 coasters and 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."

Coasters (incomplete list)[edit]

Name Location Built Closed
Valley Volcano Angela Park 1956 1989
Jet Flyer/Sea Dragon Gooding Zoo Park/(Wyandot Lake/Jungle Jack's Landing) 1956 Operating
Tornado Wedgewood Village 1960 1969
Skyliner Lakemont Park 1960 Operating
Golden Nugget Mine/Black Diamond Knoebels Amusement Resort 1960 Operating
Starliner Miracle Strip/Cypress Gardens 1963 2008
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 2006
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
Ghost Town Jet / Mighty Lightnin' / Comet Rocky Glen Park 1959 1987 (Demolished 1994)
Skyliner Fair Park 1965 Demolished