Looff Carousel and Roller Coaster on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

  • Also Known As: The Big Dipper

  • Address: Beach St
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Structure

Along side the Looff Carousel are 3 antique organs:
The Boardwalk's original Ruth and Sohn band organ (1911)
Wurlitzer 165 band organ from the former Playland-at-the Beach amusement park in San Francisco
Wurlitzer 146 - AsNotedIn


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Timeline

Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Charles Looff Architect
Rudolph Wurlitzer Company Designer
1911/00/00
1924/05/17 Frederick A Church Engineer The Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster opens after 47 days of construction at a cost of $50,000.

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Particulars for Looff Carousel and Roller Coaster on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk:
Amusement ride Carousel
Amusement feature Carousel Brass Ring
Area of Significance Entertainment - Recreation
Historic Use Fair
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance National
Musical Instrument Organ
Owner Private
Amusement ride Roller Coaster
Sight Category Structure
Roller Coaster style Twister-type coaster



US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 27th February 1987

PLACE DETAILS
Registry Name: Looff Carousel and Roller Coaster on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Registry Address: Along Beach St.
Registry Number: 87000764
Resource Type: Structure
Owner: Private
Architect: Looff,Charles I.D.; Looff Arthur
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: Twister-type coaster
Area in Acres: 24
Non-Contributing Buildings: 1
Contributing Structures: 2
Non-Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
CULTURAL DETAILS
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Entertainment-recreation
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Significant Year: 1911, 1924
Historic Function: Recreation and Culture
Historic Sub-Function: Fair
Current Function: Recreation and Culture
Current Sub-Function: Fair

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