Thursday, April 21, 2016
Here's more from Ken Martinez's collection of vintage amusement park postcards!
Six Flags Over Texas, Part 3
Continuing with the Six Flags Over Texas series in which Mexico and Spain were already covered, today's article features the French section of the park. Previous articles are located at:
The French section of Six Flags Over Texas featured only one attraction back in the early days of the park. La Salle's River Adventure was an original opening day attraction which entertained park visitors for 21 years before closing in 1982 to make way for Roaring Rapids raft ride. Also featured on this postcard is Fort St. Louis. The people on the bridge crossing over the river are waiting in line for a ride on the River Adventure while guests glide above on the park's AstroLift.
La Salle's River Adventure was similar to Disneyland's Jungle Cruise. It featured a captain-narrated boat trip down the Lavaca River in search of an alternate route to the Mississippi River. Along the way the boat passed by several animated scenes including a recreation of a Spanish fort pictured here. The finale of the ride featured a dead end of the river into a waterfall covering a rock wall. The boat would stop, the waterfall would park, and a cave door would open up. The boat would then proceed into the Indian treasure cave and exit into the loading dock area.
Besides the LaSalle River Adventure, the only thing in the French section was a small gift shop called Pierre's Treasures. I wonder if these wonderfully themed buildings are still standing today.
I hope you enjoyed your visit to the French section of Six Flags Over Texas.
Information source material:
Funland U.S.A. copyright 1978 by Tim Onosko
Park Times - http://parktimes.com
As always, many thanks to Ken for sharing his collection!