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Type Roller Coaster
Track ride
Park Section Center
Opened 1908
Closed 1913
Designer Lina Beecher
Materials Steel, Wood
Vehicle Type Car
Number of Vehicles 1
Riders per Vehicle 4
Inversions 1

The Loop-the-Loop, was a looping steel[1] roller coaster installed at Olentangy Park in 1908.[2] Designed by inventor Lina Beecher[1][3][4] in 1904, up to four riders[5] would ride on a single track down a slope fast enough to do a single inversion (upside-down loop).[1] It was one of the first three operating looping coasters in North America[5] and its teardrop shape was adapted from a shape pioneered by Edwin Prescott.[3] The shape helped lower the excessive g-forces it put on its riders in comparison to past versions like the Flip Flap Railway, but the ride still caused many neck injuries and repeat riders were rare.[6] The ride remained in operation until at least 1913.

It was built near the Circle Swing and the Dancing Pavilion.[7]

This steel ride was built after a few successful similarly named Loop-the-Loop bicycle stunts done by Diavolo (played by either Conn Baker or G.F. Matthiessen) and Leaping-the-Gap.[8] After its run, the term "Loop-the-Loop" often referred to doing loops with airplanes or in motor vehicle stunts.

The Famous Bickett Family gave open-air performances within the circle of the Loop-the-Loop the week of July 6, 1908.[9]


The ride caused many neck and back injuries. In July 1908, when the ride was new, Luther Liggett rode the Loop-the-Loop during a Methodist picnic and suffered neck injuries that lead to over a week of a swollen neck with fears of a serious injury.[2][10] A visitor from 1908 saying, "Myself and two others went around the Loop-the-Loop. Once was enough."[3] Dewey Oberlin, 10, described the ride as "the neck-breaker" in 1913.[11]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Loop the Loop." Roller Coaster Database. https://rcdb.com/3159.htm Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Neck was Injured." The Union County Journal (Marysville, OH). 23 July 1908. Pg. 2. Retrieved from Newspapers.com https://www.newspapers.com/clip/80090314/neck-was-injured-on-loop-the-loop-in/
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Francis, David W., and Diane DeMali Francis. "The Roller Coaster's Early Years 1884-1909." In The Golden Age of Roller Coasters: In Vintage Postcards, 27. Arcadia, 2003.
  4. "American Pioneers of Amusement, Part 2." Off the Leash. Published 10 July 2016. Accessed 5 May 2024. https://offtheleash.net/2016/07/10/american-pioneers-of-amusement-part-2/.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Barret, Richard E. "More on Olentangy Park." Columbus and Central Ohio Historian. Vol. 3. May 1985. Pg. 37.
  6. Francis, David W.; Francis, Diane DeMali (2003). The Golden Age of Roller Coasters. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738523380.
  7. Francis, David W.; Francis, Diane DeMali (2002). Ohio's Amusement Parks in Vintage Postcards. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738519979.
  8. "How bicycle daredevil Diavolo looped the loop back in the early 1900s." Click America. https://clickamericana.com/topics/culture-and-lifestyle/entertainment-culture-and-lifestyle/bicycle-daredevil-diavolo-loops-the-loops-1902-1905
  9. The Columbus Evening Dispatch. 7 July 1908. Pg. 14.
  10. Barrett, Richard E. (2002). Columbus Ohio 1898-1950 in Vintage Postcards. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738519626.
  11. Oberlin, Dewey. "Dewey Oberlin Aged Ten Tells of Seeing State Fair." The Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, OH). 8 September 1913. Pg. 14. Retrieved from Newspapers.com https://www.newspapers.com/clip/80089842/dewey-oberlin-calls-the-loop-the-loop/
  12. Barrett, Richard E. (2002). Columbus Ohio 1898-1950 in Vintage Postcards. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0738519626.