The first recreational log flume ride was created from an actual working log flume in 1847 at the old Frontierland theme park near Nashville, Tennessee. Customers paid 5 cents to be strapped to a hickory log for a mile-long ride to the mill.

The ride was shut down six months later after the deaths of seven riders in separate incidents. Ride creator Daniel Boone, Jr. settled multiple lawsuits out of court and his partner Andrew Jackson, Jr. killed one litigator in a duel before Frontierland went bankrupt in 1848.

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