Kings Dominion, Virginia (Images of Modern America Series)

Kings Dominion, Virginia (Images of Modern America Series)


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Kings Dominion officially opened in 1975 on a 400-acre site between Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Modeled on sister park Kings Island in Ohio, it debuted with several iconic attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, Rebel Yell, and Lion Country Safari. Over the decades, ownership has changed several times, yet the park continues to grow and remain popular, even "starring" in the 1977 film Rollercoaster. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, it has evolved into one of North America's premier regional theme parks and is currently home to an impressive assortment of attractions and live entertainment. The park also boasts a formidable arsenal of roller coasters (14), including four of the wooden variety, three LIM-launched coasters, and the 30-story-tall Intimidator (I-305) giga coaster.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781467123013
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 03/16/2015
Series: Images of Modern America
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,185,555
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Scott N. Rutherford is a writer, photographer, and historian specializing in amusement and theme parks. A charter member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts (ACE), he has penned numerous titles on parks and roller coasters. Since 1997, he has also served as staff writer and photographer for the trade publication Amusement Today. The majority of the images used are from Kings Dominion and the author's personal collection.

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

1 Preview and Construction 11

2 Grand Opening 25

3 Popularity Spurs Growth 39

4 The KECO Years 53

5 Paramount Parks 67

6 Cedar Fair 83

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