Thursday, March 10, 2016
I was hoping that today's post would be about "Six Flags Over Oxnard", but was ultimately delighted to find that Ken Martinez has instead written about "Six Flags Over Georgia"! Here's Ken:
The Second Park - Six Flags Over Georgia
Six Flags Over Georgia, which opened in 1967, is the second park opened by Six Flags and is located near Atlanta, Georgia. The Georgia park along with Six Flags Over Texas are the only two parks in the Six Flags chain that are not owned by Six Flags Corp. The parks are actually owned by a limited partnership, some in the group, heirs to founder Angus Wynne. The original theme areas were: Great Britain, Spain, France, United States, Confederacy, and Georgia. A year later the Lickskillet theme area was added and in 1973 the Cotton States Exposition area was added, featuring the "Great American Scream Machine".
Featured here is the entrance to the park with its obligatory six flags. Unique to this park was that it had two entrances, the other being at the back of the park, which finally closed in 1988 when the front entrance was remodeled to become the Promenade.
The Crystal Pistol is the main showplace for live productions and entertainment. Apparently there is a ghost story legend attached to this place about an actor named Joe who was to star opening night at the Crystal Pistol and was killed in a car accident on the way to work. Apparently Joe is still waiting to perform his number as there have been sightings of a man standing on the edge of the balcony watching performances on stage, and employees have reported a man singing backstage after closing while there is no one back there.
The "Hanson Autos" is an antique version of the guide-rail auto ride. The park also had a modern guide-rail auto ride called "Super Sports". Each of the original three Six Flags parks had both modern and antique versions of the auto ride similar to the Autopias.
The "Sky Hook", originally located at Six Flags Over Texas, was moved to this park in 1969. Thrilling riders for nearly nine seasons, it was closed in 1977. It looks very old-style being in a modern theme park.
The "Dahlonega Mine Train" is another of the Arrow Development Mine Trains that were installed in the three original Six Flags theme parks, the other being the "Runaway Mine Train" in Texas and the "River King Mine Train" in Missouri. The Georgia Arrow mine train was named after the City of Dahlonega, site of the first U.S. gold rush in 1829.
This classic wooden roller coaster with its red, white and blue coaster trains was known as the "Great American Scream Machine" (GASM). It was designed by John Allen, same designer of the Kings Island "Racer", Kings Dominion "Rebel Yell", and "Screamin' Eagle" at Six Flags over Mid-America. Its top height is 105 feet and it is an out-and-back design.
Hope you have enjoyed your visit to vintage Six Flags Over Georgia.
Information Source Material:
The Great American Amusement Parks, copyright 1976 by Gary Kyriazi
Funland U.S.A. copyright 1978 by Tim Onosko
Six Flags Over Georgia (Images of America) copyright 2006 by Tim Hollis
THANK YOU Ken for this fun look at a park that I knew absolutely nothing about!