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Goliath coaster 'topped off' at Great America

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  • The last piece was bolted in place Friday on the Goliath roller coaster at Great America in Gurnee.

      The last piece was bolted in place Friday on the Goliath roller coaster at Great America in Gurnee.
    Photo courtesy Great America

  • The last piece was bolted in place Friday on the Goliath roller coaster at Great America in Gurnee.

      The last piece was bolted in place Friday on the Goliath roller coaster at Great America in Gurnee.
    Photo courtesy Great America

  • The last piece was bolted in place Friday on the Goliath roller coaster at Great America in Gurnee.

      The last piece was bolted in place Friday on the Goliath roller coaster at Great America in Gurnee.
    Photo courtesy Great America

  • Video: Last piece of Goliath coaster

 
Daily Herald report

Six Flags Great America in Gurnee on Friday put the last piece in place at the top of its new Goliath roller coaster, which will open to the public in a few weeks.

The amusement park operator is calling it the world's fastest wooden roller coaster with the tallest and steepest drop. The last section of the 165-foot-high structure was bolted in place at the pinnacle, trailing a banner reading "Coming Soon."

The structure required 300,000 board feet of lumber, 70,000 bolts and more than 40,000 man-hours to build.

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