Upper Marlboro celebrates centennial of vintage roller coaster

November 22, 2017 by  

The 100th anniversary of The Wild One, a vintage wooden roller coaster, is being celebrated at Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro.

The original Giant Coaster was at Paragon Park, which in Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts. The park had to close in 1985 but the owners of Wild World bought the roller coaster for $26,000, transported it to Maryland, restored it, and renamed it the Wild One.

An amusement park aficionado who writes about the industry, B. Derek Shaw, said that most likely the motor, lift chain, trains, and the blueprints made the trip while the original wooden frame did not, but the spirit of the ride was able to be preserved.

The Wild One climbs to a maximum height of 98 feet, drops 88 feet, and can travel as fast as 53 miles per hour. The grand finale is a 540-degree helix.

The history of The Wild One is being highlighted during its centennial celebration, although riders enjoy it as much today as they did 100 years ago. Brochures are often used for celebrations such as this one as a way to describe the history and milestones of iconic items and events.

Visitors may try out The Wild One during Holiday at the Park at Six Flags America, when the park is opened on select days through January 1, 2018.