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Myrtle Beach recognizes thrilling Swamp Fox Roller Coaster on 51st anniversary

A photo of Swamp Fox, shortly after it was completed in the late 1960s. (Source: Myrtle Beach City Government) A photo of Swamp Fox, shortly after it was completed in the late 1960s. (Source: Myrtle Beach City Government)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach City Council recognized the historic Swamp Fox Roller Coaster, located at the Family Kingdom Amusement Park, on its 51st anniversary, Tuesday, and praised them for providing a wonderful entertainment venue.

According to Myrtle Beach City Council, guests will be able to take a ride on the roller coaster when Family Kingdom opens for the season on Saturday, April 8.

The 2,400-foot wooden roller coaster features a figure-eight track, taking riders to heights of 75-feet at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour.

Why the name Swamp Fox? The roller coaster is named after American Revolutionary War leader Francis Marion, known as “Swamp Fox,” for his crafty battle techniques against the British.

 Swamp Fox Roller Coaster was built in 1966 and was later fully refurbished by the Ammons Family, according to the original John C. Allen design.

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