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June 17, 1924. v
c. E. HOWARD AQUATIC TOBOGGAN SLIDE Filed Oct. 8. 1923 INVENTOR CydeEHawam Patented June 17, 1924.
UNITED STATES CLYDE E. HOWARD, O LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. l
Application filed October 8, 1923.
T 0 all whom it may concern:
Be it known that I, CLYDE E. HOWARD, a citizen of the United States, residing at Los Angeles, in the county of Los Angeles and State of California, have invented new and useful Improvements in Aquatic Toboggan Slides, of which the following is a specification.
My invention relates to amusement devices and particularly to an aquatic toboggan slide in which a toboggan travels down an inclined track by gravity into a body of water.
The general object of my invention is to provide an aquatic toboggan slide, which will be simple in construction and highly efficient in operation. A more particular object is to provide an aquatic toboggan slide which may be readily adjusted in length to extend into the water the proper distance whether the water be nearer or further away from the main structure of the device.
Other objects and advantages will appear hereinafter and while I show herewith and will. describe a preferred form of construction, I desire to be understood that I do not limit my invention to such preferred form but that various changes and adaptations may bemade therein without departing from the spirit of my invention as hereinafter claimed.
Referring to the drawing:
Fig. 1 is a plan view of my toboggan slide.
Fig. 2 is a side elevation of my toboggan slide.
Fig. 3 is a plan view of two of the track sections.
Fig. 4 is a side view of said track sections.
Fig. 5 is a cross section of my toboggan slide taken on line 55 of Fig. 2.
In the drawing 1 indicates a gravity inclined track which comprises a main portion 2 mounted on a supporting structure 3, and lower sections 4 and 5, on which structure is a platform 6, at the upper end of said track, and a stairway 7 leading up to said platform. The structure 3 is built near a body of water 8 with the lower end of the main portion 2 of the track 1 near the edge of said body of water.
The main portion 2 and the sections 4 and 5 of the track 1 each comprises a pair of rails 99 on the inside of which are journaled at suitable intervals apart, rollers 10 by means of bolts 11, the rollers on said rails being opposite each other. Said rollers extend slightly above the rails 9-9 and over AQUATIC TOBOGGAN sLrnira.
Serial No. 667,141.
said rollers travels a car in the form of a toboggan 12, the bottom 13 of which rests upon said rollers as shown in Fig. 5.
Rails 14-14 are secured to the sides of the toboggan 12 at the lower edge thereof and extend downwardly over the sides of the track rails 99 whereby the toboggan is maintained on the track against lateral displacement.
Metal bars 1515 are secured to the outside of the rails 99 at the lower end of the track portion 2 and extend a short distance below said end. A bolt 16 extends through said bars 1515 and through one end of the side rails 99 of an intermediate section 4, whereby said end of said section is detachably pivoted to said lower end of said track portion.
Metal bars 17-17 are secured to the outside of the rails 99 at the other end of section 4 and extend a short distance beyond said end of said section. A bolt 18 extends through the projecting ends of bars 1717 and through one end of a terminal section 5, whereby said section is horizontally pivoted to the lower end of section 4. The terminal section 5 is mounted on a pontoon 20 which floats in the water 8, and the outer 'or free end of this section is given a slight upward turn as indicated at 21, which causes the toboggan 12 to leave the track almost parallel to the water surface so that the toboggan will not dive into the water.
The sections 4 and 5 may be readily detached upon removal of'the bolts 16 and 18. One or more sections 4 may be employed in the track as conditions require, thus enabling the track to be adjusted in length to the water whether the water is nearer or further away from the lower end of the track portion 2.
I claim as my invention:
1. A toboggan slide including a track composed of a stationary inclined portion, one or more intermediate sections pivoted at one end to the lower end of said main portion. a terminal section pivoted at one end to the other end of said intermediate sections, and a pontoon on which said terminal section is mounted, which pontoon floats in a body of water.
2. A toboggan slide including a track composed of a stationary inclined portion, a se= ries of detachable intermediate sections de tachably pivoted at one end to the lower end of said main portion, a terminal section cle taohably pivoted at one end to the other end water, rollers on said track over which a. of said series of intermediate; sections, and toboggan travels, the rollers at the lo\\'*ermost a pontoon on hich said terminal section is end of the track being successively journaled 10 mounted, which pontoon floats in a body of one higher than the other to cause the t0- 5 water. r V boggan to leave the track at a slightly up- 3. A toboggan slide including a track ex- Ward inclination. tending downwardly and over a body of CLYDE E. HOVJARD.