Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at night

The Giant Dipper - Fun Facts

Planner & Builder                      Arthur Looff

Design                                      Frank Prior and Fred Church
 
Track Length                             One half mile
 
Train Speed                              Up to 46 MPH
 
Height of Main Hill                    70 Feet
 
Ride Time                                 1 minute and 52 seconds
 
Record Day                               June 27, 1987: 13,729 Riders
                                                                                   
Total Riders Since 1924            Over 60 Million
 
Number of Lights                      3,150
 
Rider Capacity                           24 per Train (2 Trains)
 
Age Status                                 Oldest in California; 5th oldest in U.S.; 9th oldest in world.
 
Train’s Manufacturer                  Morgan Manufacturing
 
 
The following materials were used to construct the Giant Dipper in 1924:

  • 327,000 board feet of lumber
  • 743,000 galvanized nails
  • 148,000 pounds of concrete
  • 24,000 galvanized bolts
  • 63,000 pounds of steel track & safety iron
  • 21,000 screws
  • 29,500 square feet of roofing
  • 2,740 gallons of paint
 
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