The hurricane of 1938 wiped out five of Rhode Island’s wooden roller coasters, eliminating the artistry of some of the world’s most prolific ride designers. What do the Bullet, the Boston bs, the Comet, the Wildcat and the Flying Turns all have in common? All met their fate to the September 21, 1938 hurricane that… Continue reading Blown Away!
One summer as a youngster, I recall taking about a 45-minute drive with my grandparents and seeing what appeared to be the ruins of a large wooden roller coaster. The land around it seemed to be abandoned, although there could have been an active go-kart track. The image stuck in my mind, but I never… Continue reading The “secret park” next door!
It was known to strike fear into anybody who rode it. Rocky Point’s Wildcat coaster (not to be confused with the smaller, single-car Wildcat that arrived in 1958) was a wooden coaster that operated 1926 to 1938, having been destroyed by the ’38 hurricane. It was designed by Herbert Schmeck of Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters, Inc… Continue reading The Wildcat “strike” at Rocky Point