John C. Allen

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John C. Allen
Born (1907-05-21)May 21, 1907
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Occupation Roller coaster designer
Years active 1934–1979
Known for Philadelphia Toboggan Company manufacturers

John C. Allen (May 21, 1907 – August 17, 1979) was a roller coaster designer who was responsible for the revival of wooden roller coasters which began in the 1970s. He attended Drexel University. He started working for the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1934 as a coaster operator and rose to become president of the company by 1954. He has designed over 25 coasters and has made significant contributions to roller coaster technology. He once said, "You don't need a degree in engineering to design roller coasters, you need a degree in psychology."

Surviving John Allen Coasters

Name Location Built
Valley Volcano Angela Park (amusement park) 1956
Jet Flyer/Sea Dragon Gooding Zoo Park/Wyandot Lake/Jungle Jack's Landing 1956
Tornado Wedgewood Village 1960
Skyliner Lakemont Park 1960
Golden Nugget Mine/Black Diamond Knoebels Amusement Resort 1960
Starliner Miracle Strip/Cypress Gardens 1963
Giant Coaster/The Wild One Six Flags America 1963
Blue Streak Cedar Point 1964
Swamp Fox Grand Strand Park/Family Kingdom 1966
Cannon Ball Lake Winnepesaukah 1967
Zingo Bell's Amusement Park 1968
Great American Scream Machine Six Flags Over Georgia 1973
Rebel Yell Kings Dominion 1975
Woodstock Express Kings Dominion 1975
Screamin' Eagle Six Flags St. Louis 1976
The Racer Kings Island 1972
Woodstock Express Kings Island 1972