Northern Kentucky Tribune: Our Rich History: The Ludlow Lagoon was once a major recreational center for Greater Cincinnati; "One of the earliest and most popular rides was the Scenic Railway (or roller coaster). LaMarcus Thompson, who had earlier designed New York’s Coney Island Scenic Railway, also oversaw the plans for the Lagoon’s Scenic Railway, which was unique in the Midwest. Passengers climbed to the top of a platform where they were seated in cars. The cars glided over iron rails, undulating across the lake. Over the lake the cars entered a circular building, completed several corkscrew twists and turns, and returned to the starting point.