Thursday, November 03, 2016
It's time once again for more of Ken Martinez's vintage amusement park postcards!
Six Flags Over Texas Part 5 - The Texas Section
Previously we've visited Mexico, Spain, France, and the Confederate sections of Six Flags Over Texas. In today's post we'll visit the Texas section of the original Six Flags theme park. It may have seemed repetitive to have a Texas section in a park where the entire park was about the history of Texas, but each section represented the various time periods of when the sovereign nations whose flags flew over Texas existed. To represent the Republic of Texas (1836-1945), an old west theme was decided upon as westerns were hugely popular on TV around the time Six Flags Over Texas was being planned and opened.
I see dead people. The original section of Texas was known as "Texas Street". Mock fun fights were the order of the day. Sometimes outlaws would rob the train and end up shooting it out with the sheriff at the Texas train station. Check out the façades of the buildings in this postcard. Many of the buildings in Six Flags Over Texas were just that, façades with administrative offices hidden inside.
This is my favorite postcard from the park. Another outlaw meets his end! Perhaps Six Flags should've had a morgue/mortuary façade with wooden caskets displayed out front, filling them up with the "dead" as the day progressed into various shootouts, executions and hangings. It would've added a nice touch of authenticity showing the body count of the day.
The "Crazy Horse Saloon" was an opening day attraction where small stage performances were put on throughout the day. The small show with usually six players in the cast featured music, singing and dancing and would change out every few years to keep it fresh. The Saloon is still entertaining visitors to this day.
Like all modern theme parks, Six Flags has an auto track ride, this one with antique autos. The "Chaparral Horseless Carriages" were the antique alternative to the U.S.A. section's modern auto track ride, the "Happy Motoring Freeway". In the backdrop is the Red Train of the Six Flags Railroad. The real steam locomotive originally named "Lydia" was changed to "Maribeau B. Lamar" for the second President of the Republic of Texas. Both engines were originally built for use in a sugar cane plantation in Patoutville, Louisiana and later restored and put to use in the original Six Flags theme park.
Hope you enjoyed Texas. Next Stop! U.S.A!
Information source material:
Six Flags Over Texas - The First Fifty Years, copyright 2016 Davis McCown
Funland U.S.A. copyright 1978 by Tim Onosko
Thank you Ken! I guess it only figures that old Texas was full of shootin' and hangin'. Even Knott's Berry Farm had hangings, apparently (and maybe still do, around Halloween).