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April 7, 1978: The aptly named Colossus, the granddaddy of all wooden roller coasters, nears completion at the Magic Mountain amusement park at Valencia. It would be the longest, tallest and fastest such ride anywhere, with two steep falls of more than 100 feet, and was built entirely of wood. The image was taken with a 35-millimeter panorama film camera.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times Archive/UCLA

Oct. 19, 1980: Carl Eichelman, 40, who flew from Cincinnati to Los Angeles over the weekend just to ride Colossus at Magic Mountain, reacts after getting off the roller coaster. This photo was published in the Oct. 20, 1980, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Barbara Martin / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 19, 1990: Magic Mountain maintenance man Mike Rowbotham tightens bolt on the Colossus roller coaster. This photo was published in the Aug. 23, 1990, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Dykes / Los Angeles Times

June 21, 1978: Chuck Gonzales, who worked on Colossus for six months, gets one of the first test rides on the new Magic Mountain roller coaster. This photo was published in the June 22, 1978, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bill Varie / Los Angeles Times

April 6, 1978: Colossus' cars traveled the ride's 1.75 miles of track at 60 mph. Built of wood, the roller coaster required 8,000 gallons of termite-resistant paint.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

March 3, 1985: Shauna McAnally, front left, and Kimber Brower take measurements aboard Colossus roller coaster during High School Physics Day at Magic Mountain. Some 3,000 students took part in the event. This photo was published in the March 4, 1985 Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

June 1978: The new Colossus roller coaster at Magic Mountain. This photo was published in the June 30, 1978, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ken Lubas / Los Angeles Times

July 1, 1978: The Colossus roller coaster as a new attraction at Magic Mountain in 1978. The wooden roller coaster was closed on Aug. 16, 2014.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

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Colossus, a wooden roller coaster, opened at Magic Mountain on June 29, 1978. It closed on Aug. 16, 2014.

In an Aug. 15, 2014, Los Angeles Times story, writer Hugo Martin reported:

The massive Colossus roller coaster, with a 100-foot drop and speeds up to 60 mph, has evoked screams of terror and joy for 36 years.

But 15-year-old Madi Giordano climbed off the venerable wood coaster this week feeling sad and nostalgic. Her grandfather, she said, helped grade the Valencia property beneath the ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

“You can get a piece of history by riding Colossus,” Giordano said over the clank, clank, clank of another coaster car climbing the first incline.

Colossus will close Saturday, ending an era for what once was the nation’s tallest and fastest wood roller coaster. Now, the ride doesn’t even rank in the Top 10 in either category….

Martin’s full story is online: Six Flags’ Colossus wood roller coaster to close Saturday.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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