Thursday, July 07, 2016
Ken Martinez's collection of postcards from Six Flags over Texas has been especially popular, so today he has part four from that park! Here's Ken:
Six Flags Over Texas - Confederate Section
So far I've posted about the themed sections of Mexico, Spain and France and today will feature postcards of the Confederate section of the original Six Flags Over Texas. This section represented the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865.
With this postcard, I'll let the BOC (back of card) speak for itself. "COLONEL AND HIS LADY - - Confederate Section - Here in the Confederate section the colonel and his lady relive the romantic charm that was the Confederacy at Texas' fabulous $10,000,000 entertainment center."
Featured here is a Confederate drill team. The park would put on daily performances of civil war reenactments including the execution of captured Yankee spies. The Confederate section focused heavily on military themes. Interestingly, this section and the Texas section contained a lot of reenactments of public executions. In my next article for Six Flags Over Texas I'll share postcard images of these reenactments when I post about the "Texas" section.
Here's the famous Spee-Lunker's Cave, often referred to as the "Cave Ride" by locals. Passengers would board circular tubs and float down a river into a cave featuring the legendary spee-lunkers. The original spee-lunkers were evicted from the cave in 1992 so the Warner Bros. characters could move in. Today the cave ride is known as "Yosemite Sam and the Gold River Adventure".
Like Disneyland, Six Flags Over Texas had rafts that took park visitors over to an island with various physical activities that kid visitors could focus their extra energy on. Not quite Tom Sawyer Island, but it probably entertained the kids just the same.
This grim grinning skull watches over Skull Island at night. It appears that a giant slide has impaled his jawbone.
Today this section is called the "Old South", is combined with the "France" section and is represented by the Southern Palace Theater and Runaway Mountain indoor coaster. I'd say it isn't quite the same and that the Confederacy theme has been all but removed from this theme park.
Information Source material:
Funland U.S.A. copyright 1978 by Tim Onosko
Oh, I especially love that spooky skull! All parks need giant skulls, in my opinion. Thank you as always to Ken Martinez for sharing his collection and writing this fun article!