Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Oh yeah! It's another post featuring Ken Martinez's collection of vintage amusement park postcards. This is PART 18!
Six Flags Over Mid-America
Six Flags Over Mid-America, later known as Six Flags St. Louis, opened on June 5, 1971. It must've been a busy year for theme park openings, because Walt Disney World and Magic Mountain opened that same year as well. The Missouri theme park was the third and final park Six Flags actually built for themselves. After that they began acquiring them parks to build up their chain of U.S. theme parks instead of building new parks.
Here's the entrance to Six Flags Over Mid-America. The Six Flags that fly over this park are the United States, Missouri, Illinois, Great Britain, Spain, and France.
Miss Kitty's featured a saloon show with down home entertainment. I think it still does. The building is typical of the detail found in the theme parks designed by Randall Duell and Associates. Note the Sky-Way above the Saloon building.
The park had two auto rides, both created and built by Arrow Development. One featured antique autos called "Moon Antique Cars" (Moon Auto Company) and the other one was called "Super Sports Cars" cars seen here featuring modern cars.
The River King Mine Train coaster has an interesting history. It started out as two tracks (seen here) and was a basic Arrow mine train coster. Later in 1984 new "stand-up" trains were added to one of the tracks and proved unsuccessful. Eventually the track returned to the original "sit-down" mine trains. The other track was eventually sold to Dollywood in 1989 which left one single track for the St. Louis park. It's still hanging in there and running today.
Featured here are the twin drops of the "Hoo Hoo" log flume also built by Arrow Development. It was named after the Midwest Lumberman exhibit at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.
Injun Joe's Cave was a dark boat ride in the same vein as the Spelunker's Cave ride in Six Flags Over Texas and the Tales of the Okefenokee/Monster Plantation ride at Six Flags Over Georgia. I'm guessing that's Becky and Tom on the raft.
The Screamin' Eagle was the signature roller coaster for several years at the park and held the record for tallest coaster for a very short period of time. The classic out-and-back wooden roller coaster was designed by John Allen, who was responsible for several wooden coaster classics from the 1970's.
Here's a rare postcard of the short-lived Jet Scream, an Anton Schwarzkopf Looping Star steel coaster. It opened in 1981 and was moved to AstroWorld in 1988. It was indirectly replaced by the Ninja looping coaster.
Well, that's it for the park formerly known as Six Flags Over Mid-America. I hope you enjoyed your visit. Coming down the pipeline: Six Flags' second park, Six Flags Over Georgia.
Information source material:
The Great American Amusement Park, copyright 1976 by Gary Kyriazi
Finland U.S.A., copyright 1978 by Tim Onosko
Roller Coaster Database: http://rcdb.com/
THANK YOU very much, Ken! I appreciate all of your time and effort to share these great cards and all of the nice info.