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Loop the Loop roller coaster

On August 16, 1898, Edwin Prescott was granted a patent for the roller coasters' vertical loop. The roller coaster shown in the patent illustration wasn't the first to make a loop, but it was a safer, more comfortable, elliptical-shaped loop.

Prescott's Loop the Loop was unsuccessful because only one car with four passengers could ride the coaster at a time. It closed after nine years of operation.

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