Roller Coasters of The Pacific Northwest
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Defunct Coasters Updated: March 28, 2011

Alaska yukon pacific Exposition,
Seattle, WA
Scenic Railway - 1909-1909

Columbia Gardens, Butte, MT
Roller Coaster - 1906-1974

Council Crest, Portland, OR
Scenic Railway - 1905-1926

gayway park, seaside, OR
Roller Coaster - 1953-1983?
Wild Mouse - 1953?-1983?

gayway/Fun Forest, Seattle, WA
Broadway Trip - 1962-1962
Wild Mouse - 1962-1964
Wild Mouse - 1965-1971

Happyland, Vancouver, BC
Giant Dipper - 1925-1947
Baby Dipper - 1928-1944

Hastings park, Vancouver, BC
Coaster (Dip The Dips) - 1915-1924

Jantzen Beach, Portland, OR
Big Dipper - 1928-1970
Whirlwind - 1929-195?

julia davis fun depot, boise, id
Mad Mouse - 1991-2002

Lotus Isle, Portland, OR
Alpine Scenic Railway - 1930-1931

Luna Park, Seattle, WA
Great Figure 8 - 1905-1913

Nat Park, Spokane, WA
Figure 8/Scenic Railway - 1905-1919
Jack Rabbit - 1920-1968

Oaks Park, Portland, OR
Scenic Railway - 19?-19?
Figure 8 - 1905?-19?
Zip - 1927-1934
Mad Mouse - 1959-1976?
Monster Mouse 1977-1994

Playland, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Kiddie Coaster - 1942-1974

Playland, Seattle, WA
Dipper - 1930-1961

Playland, Vancouver, BC
Mad Mouse - 1958-1964?
Monster Mouse - 1965-1971?
Super Big Gulp - 1972-1994
Wild Mouse - 1979-2008

puyallup fair, puyallup, wa
Mad Mouse - 195?-196?
Mad Mouse - 196?-197?
(Both coasters no longer run at fair)

Santafair, federal way, wa
Stratoboggan - 1961-1973
(Later operated at Puyallup Fair as
Mad Mouse)

Stanley Park , Vancouver, BC
Dips - 1913-1923?

White City, Bellingham, Wa
Roller Coaster - 1906-1912

White City, Seattle, WA
Roller Coaster - 1908-1912

White City, Vancouver, bc
Dips - 1926-19?
(Operated at Hastings Park)

Dipper, Jantzen Beach, Portland, OR

Jantzen Beach logo
Jantzen Beach logo
Dipper first drop thumbnail
First Drop
Panoramic view of Jantzen Beach, Portland, Or
Panoramic view
Real photo inside Jantzen Beach Dipper
Train inside Dipper

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The Jantzen Beach Dipper was praised by many as being the "best coaster of the West Coast". Jantzen Beach Amusement Park was also heralded as "Portland's Million dollar Playground" when it first opened in 1928.

The Dipper was designed by the late, Carl Phare, who was a well known roller coaster designer in the Pacific Northwest. Phare also designed two other Northwest coasters, the Dipper at Seattle's Playland, and the currently operating, Coaster, at Playland in Vancouver, BC.

Jantzen Beach was located on Hayden Island north of Portland. The Jantzen Knitting Mills invested in the Hayden Island Amusement Company to build the Jantzen Beach Amusement Park, as part of a large advertising campaign to promote Jantzen swimming suits. The park opened on May 26, 1928 and was the largest amusement park in the country spanning 123 acres of land. On opening day, the park was appropriately termed as "The Coney Island of The West".

Jantzen Beach had many attractions to offer besides the Dipper coaster. The park also had a Kiddie Dipper steel coaster, four swimming pools, a Natatorium, Golden Canopy Ballroom, picnic grounds, Fun House, Venetian Canal ride, Ferris Wheel, Elbow Room Restaurant, Jantzen Beach Railway, Two robot circus criers, "Laffing Sal" and "Joe Barker", and a 1921 C.W. Parker Carousel.

In the late 1950's, the park started losing its patrons. A handful of factors contributed to the park's financial loss: the 1948 flood that caused many local patrons to move away, competition with the new Expo Center, a fire, and the highway expansion on the Interstate Bridge. In 1958, the addition of the west highway took out a large portion of the park which ultimately led to even more financial woes. And, it was on Labor Day in 1970 that the park finally closed its doors.

What remains left of the park is the 1921 C.W. Parker Carousel that has been beautifully restored and operates inside the Jantzen Beach SuperCenter shopping mall. Also inside the mall is a Jantzen Beach Amusement Park exhibit which contains artifacts from the park.