Roller Coaster Origin: How This Popular Ride In Amusement Parks Was Created

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Later on, Catherine the Great gave this amusement structure an improvement when she fitted her imperial sleigh with wheels for summer use, based on the article in American Experience. Then, a French traveler adapted the ice slide to a milder climate and a track was created with a groove running down the middle, and a bench with wheels was fitted into the groove. The French traveler brought this to his hometown but Parisians were facing sideways.

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