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Leap-the-Dips is the world?s oldest roller coaster that is still in operation today. It was originally built by the E. Joy Morris Company in 1902 and was in full operation until 1985. It is a side friction roller coaster type, measuring 41 feet in height with a speed of 10 mph, and is located at the Lakemont Park in Altoona.

When Leap-the-Dips stopped operating in 1985 due to mechanical issues and disrepair, people took action and raised funds to have it refurbished. The restoration began in 1997, and was reopened in 1999.

Although, Leap-the-Dips can be seen as tame if compared to more modern roller coasters, folks still find it a very amusing ride, making the old feel young, and giving the young the taste of the older days.
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