During the Great Depression the rollercoaster "Blue Streak" was the tallest and fastest rollercoaster in the world. The 'coaster, which boasted a 120 foot peak, plus an additional section that dipped 18 feet below ground, stood in Woodcliff Pleasure Park, now the site of Marist College in Poughkeepsie. The Park, which was openend in 1928, attracted thousands of visiters every weekend (mainly from the New York City area) and also housed the largest swimming pool on the east coast. The park closed in 1941 after some sort of race riot involving visitors from New York City. The rollercoaster was dismantled and the steel rails were used during World War 2. Now part of the foundation of the pool is the only visible evidence that the park existed.
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