La Marcus Adna Thompson was on in Jersey, Licking Country, Ohio born on March 1, 1848. He is known as the “Father of the American Roller Coaster”. Thompson demonstrated an early aptitude for mechanics and master carpentry at the age of 17then later on a successful businessman . He graduated in Michigan's Hillsdale College and worked in the wagon and carriage industry then later on he made a fortune working in a company that manufactured stockings for women. But, due to the health issue, Thompson left the business.
After his strip in New York at early 1880's, Thompson was inspired a trip to hills of Pennsylvania where the railroad line running through Carbon Country and been converted from coal transport to tourist attractions. The Mauch Chunk Switch Back Railway was an 18mile and mostly downhill course featured a 2300 feet long and 665 feet high drop at the end. This became success with tourist that came by the thousands to ride every year.