|Defunct Coasters||Updated: March 28, 2011|
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Playland, Seattle, WA
puyallup fair, puyallup, wa
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Stanley Park , Vancouver, BC
White City, Bellingham, Wa
White City, Seattle, WA
White City, Vancouver, bc
The Jack Rabbit (pictured above), was a John Miller design and opened in 1920 and replaced the Figure 8/Scenic Railway coaster. For 10 cents you could have "the ride of your life" on the Jack Rabbit.
Jack Rabbit was described by some fans as Natatorium's best ride. In the book Dear Old Nat..Spokane's Playground, a detailed description of the ride is outlined:
"The ride went something like this:
Thrill seekers enter a building, where they climb into cars set on a metal track - six people to a car, two or three cars to each train. "The brake is released, the car starts rolling, turns left into a tunnel, picks up speed...faster and faster, then bang! It cracks to the left and out of the tunnel!" says Mark Blumhagen. From there, the train engages a chain hoist to begin its tantalizing ascent, followed by the heart-stopping free fall and a series of smaller undulations. The trains pulls into the station one-and-a-half minutes after setting out on it harrowing journey."
Though Jack Rabbit was considered the park's most popular ride and was enjoyed by many patrons, it was also considered "unsturdy" and "unsafe". Some said that the trains reached a speed of 70 miles an hour and was billed as "the fatest racing coaster in the world." The coaster was eventually razed and burned on site when the park closed in the spring of 1968.
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