Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Ken Martinez has shared five previous posts featuring postcards from Six Flags Over Texas, and they have been very popular. Here's another one!
Six Flags Over Texas Part 6 – The U.S.A. Section and Boomtown
In previous postcard posts about Six Flags over Texas, Mexico, Spain, France, the Confederacy and the Republic of Texas were covered. In today’s post the U.S.A and Boomtown sections will be featured.
The U.S.A. section of Six Flags over Texas was to represent modern Texas and the last of the original six sections in 1961 featured in the articles posted here. In the modern section were exhibit halls featuring exhibits by Eastman Kodak, Westinghouse, Braniff Airlines and other various corporations. In addition there was the “Missile Chaser” (Scrambler ride) and the “Happy Motoring Freeway”. The Happy Motoring Freeway was a turnpike ride sponsored by the Humble Oil Company. Designed and built by Arrow Development, a second track was opened a year later in 1962 to accommodate increasing popularity of the turnpike attraction. The USA section was also the site of the Astrolift sky ride. The Happy Motoring Freeway is now gone and only the Chaparral Antique Autos in the Texas section remain.
Animal Kingdom was also a part of the U.S.A. section and featuring friendly animals that guests could touch like donkeys, cows and goats. The most famous animal in this exhibit was “Sis Flagg” an baby Asian elephant who had to be switched out every two years due to baby elephants quick growth.
Boomtown was the first entirely new theme area created after Six Flags opened with its original six themed areas inspired by the Six Flags that flew over Texas. Here is what I believe was the entrance into the new area. Left nearly out of view is the parks original carousel which later moved to the entrance and dead ahead the Sky Crane Ride.
Upon the opening of Boomtown in1963, the 190 foot tall Sky Crane Ride was the main attraction of the new section in the park. The ride had previously operated at the Brussels World’s Fair in 1958. It operated at Six Flags Over Texas until 1968 when it as dismantled and moved to the newly built Six Flags over Georgia where it operated until 1977.
The Arrow Runaway Mine Train was the first custom coaster built for a Six Flags park. Utilizing the tube railing developed for Disneyland’s Matterhorn Bobsleds, this coaster would become a theme staple like the log flume for year to come. Here we see it in its final plunge to go under Lake Caddo before heading back into the station.
Hope you all enjoyed your visit to Six Flags Over Texas! More to come!
Information Source material:
Six Flags Over Texas: The First Fifty Years, Davis McGowan, Copyright 2016
A big THANK YOU as always to Ken Martinez!