5. The Steeplechase Horses
Since horse racing was all the rage, George Tilyou built a mechanical horse-racing track for Coney Island visitors. According to PBS, this attraction featured six double-saddled mechanical horses that brought riders down 1,100 feet of track and across a stream and some hurdles. The tracks ran alongside each other to mimic a horse race in which heavier riders had an advantage. Workers for this ride dressed like jockeys and commenced each race with a bugle.