Tuesday August 16, 2016 from 5pm to 10pm – Castles ~n~ Coasters (CNC) is offering free rides on both roller coasters, Desert Storm and Patriot, in observation of National Roller Coaster Day. Come out and ride some roller coasters! The rest of the ride park will be closed, with the exception of Go Karts and Bumper Boats.
On August 16, 1878, Richard Knudsen and J.G. Taylor received a U.S. patent for what would eventually be referred to as a wooden roller coaster. The device consisted of two adjacent railway tracks that ran between two towers carrying four-passenger cars; the force of gravity would pull the cars down gently sloping hills. The cars would then be hauled up by the elevator in the opposite tower for the return trip. Interestingly enough, it is believed that neither Knudsen nor Taylor constructed their designed rides; however, they did at least patent the device on that date which is the chosen annual day of celebration. In the early 1980’s, a national newspaper proclaimed August 16th as National Roller Coaster Day in conjunction with the date when the first roller coaster was patented in the United States.
Get more info about National Roller Coaster Day here: nationalrollercoasterday.com