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1961 Photographs

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1961 Aerial Pictures

1961 Aerial Photographs

1961 Aerial Views

Aerial Photographs from the Opening Year of Six Flags
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Front Gate

View of Park looking West

Modern - USA Section

Modern - USA Section

Indian Village

Photos from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Photograph Collection
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The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

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1961 Front Gate Photo

1961 Front Gate Photo
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Front Gate View - 1961   -   Dancing Waters - Picture Middle

Petting Zoo, lower right corner -  Amphitheater, mid-right side

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1961 USA Section

1961 USA Section parktimes Sat, 08/21/2010 - 09:11

Modern Looking West

 

 Modern USA View Looking West - 1961   |   Happy Motoring - Middle Bottom

River ride - right side   |  Sidewinder Roller Coaster - Left

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1961 Modern II

1961 Modern II parktimes Sat, 08/21/2010 - 09:56

Modern Looking West

Modern USA Section: Looking West - 1961

Petting Zoo - Lower Left side - Frontgate - Upper Left Side

River ride - right side - Amphitheater Mid Right side

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1961 Modern III

1961 Modern III parktimes Sat, 08/21/2010 - 09:59

Modern Looking West

Modern USA Section View Looking West - 1961

Sidewinder Roller Coaster Lower Left  -  Astrolift Mid Right

Happy Motoring Lower Middle to Lower left Corner

 

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1961 Indian Village

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Indian Village Aerial Photographs

 

Indian Village - 1961    -  Fiesta Train on siding in lower right corner

Texas Section top of picture

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Last Update: March 8, 2008

Origin of the Flags

Origin of the Flags
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The Origin of the "Six Flags"

    Six Flags Over Texas, the original Six Flags Park, and now the namesake of the entire Six Flags Amusement Park chain, takes its names from the six national flags which have flow over the area which is now the State of Texas.

    These are:

The United States Flag

The United States flag has flown over Texas from 1845 to 1861, then again from 1866 to the present.

The Texas Flag

The Texas state flag once flew over Texas as its national flag when Texas was an independent country from 1836 to 1845, after winning independence from Mexico, but before joining the United States.

The Confederate Flag

Between 1861 and 1865, the Confederate flag flew over Texas, as it was a state in the Confederate States of America.

The Mexican Flag

Texas was part of the Republic of Mexico from 1821 to 1836, after Mexico won independence from Spain.

The French Flag

Between 1685 to 1690 France maintained a colony in Texas, and the French flag flew over the state.

 

The Spanish Flag

The Spanish flag flew over Texas for three centuries, between 1519 and 1821, after Spanish explorers claims Texas in the name of their king.

Last Update: March 8 2008

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Six Flags Timeline

Six Flags Timeline
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Six Flags over Texas Timeline

 

  Six Flags over Texas Timeline  
Date Event Location
1897
The Red Train, known as the Maribeau B. Lamar, and later as the Charles Patton, is manufactured by Porter Locomotives.
 
1901
The Green Train, known as the Sam Houston, and later as the Larry Cochran, is manufactured by Dickson  Locomotives.
 
1925/6 The Carrousel Ride is produced by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Philadelphia.  
1955 Disneyland Opens  
1959 Preliminary Planning for Six Flags Begins, by the Great Southwest Corp., real estate developer Angus Wynne of Dallas and New York Investors, owners  
August 1960 Construction for Six Flags Begins  
1961 Park Opening  
August 1, 1961 to August 5, 1961
  • "Soft test opening" of Six Flags
 
August 5, 1961
  • Grand Opening
  • Attendance: 8,374
 
1961 Season
  • Ticket Price: $2.75 adult; $2.25 child;
  •  Parking: 50c
  • Hamburger: 35c; Soft Drink: 10c
  • Minimum Employee age: 21
 
 
Dancing Waters
Star Mall
Marching Band
Front Gate
 
Southwest Life Petting Zoo
Missile Chaser
Happy Motoring Freeway
(One Track)
Astro-Lift
Sidewinder - Wild Mouse Roller Coaster
Modern
 
La Salle's Riverboat Adventure
France
 
Amphitheater (now the site of Southern Palace)
Butterfield Stage Coach (que house besides Nalar's Chicken Plantation.)
Little Dixie Carousal (later known as the "Flying Jenny") in front of Southern Palace.
Confederate recruiting station and re-enactment performers
Dixieland Band
Confederacy
 
Skull Island
"Skull Rock" skull slide
Raft Ride to Skull Island
Tree Slide
Confederacy
Skull Island
 
Six Flags Railroad
Astrolift Terminal
Gunfighter Performances
Texas
 
Los Conquistadors Coronado Burro Ride
Spain
 
Las Cocheses Cabras Goat Cart Ride
Indian Village, Indian Dancers
Original  Ferrocarril Fiesta Train
Mexican Band
Banderas de Colores (Covered walkway)
Mexico
 
  • Helicopter Rides
Outside the park
End 1961
  • 1st Season: 45 days
  • 1st Season Attendance: @550,000
  • Last day: November 25, 1961
 
     
1962 Season
  • Tickets: Adults $2.75,
  • under 12 $2.25
  • Minimum Employee Age: 18
  • Open: April 20, 1962
  • 1000 employees
 
 
Sidewinder roller coaster moved to Mexico renamed "La Cucaracha"
Mexico
 
Red Train Finished and on-line July 5, 1962
Chaparral Cars Added
Texas
 
Canoes added. (the path to Canoes Q-house next to Amphitheater)
 
 
Skull Island Expanded:
Tree House Slide Added
Barrel Slide Added
Pirate Ship & Cave play area
Skull Island
 
Second Happy Motoring Freeway added at site the Sidewinder
Modern
 
Casa Magnetica added
Spain
End of 1962
Burro Ride Removed
Spain
  Attendance: @1.2 million  
     
1963 Season Adults: $3.50, Under 12 $2.50  
 
BoomTown added
Antique Carousel Added
Sky-Hook Added
Boomtown Station RR Depot
Small Puppet Show Wagon
Boomtown
 
Happy Motoring Freeway First track shortened to make way for boomtown.
 
 
El Aserradero Flume I, Log Ride Added at site of Burro Ride
Spain
End of 1963 Season
  • Park Helicopter Rides Ended
 
 
Goat Cart Ride Removed
Mexico
     
1964 Season
Spee-Lunker's Cave Ride Added
Stagecoach run shortened and Q-house moved from next to Chicken Plantation to across from Cave.
Confederacy
 
Long Suspension Bridge Added
Swamp Tree Slides (3) added 
Skull Island
 
Caddo War Canoes Moved to Boomtown
Boomtown
End 1964
Indian Village Removed
"La Cucaracha", Wild Mouse Rollercoaster Removed
Mexico
 
Pirate Boat Removed
Skull Island
     
1965 Season
Arena added
Circus Show in Arena
Texas
 
El Sombrero Hat Ride added at site of "La Cucaracha" rollercoaster
Mexico
end 1965
Circus Show ends at New Arena
 
  "Star" removed from Front-Gate and Replaced with five large circular planters. Front Gate
     
1966 Season
Wild West Show in Arena
Texas
 
Runaway Mine Train added
Boomtown
  Courthouse Clock-Tower (Ice House) added at Front Gate Front Gate
     
1967 Season  
 
Jet Set added
Modern
End 1967 Season
Butterfield Stagecoach removed
Confederacy
 
Original Fiesta Train (The Mexican Hat Train) removed.
 
  Attendance: @ 2 million  
     
1968 Season
Fiesta Train II
(replaced original Fiesta Train)
Mexico
  Spindletop moved to between Southern Palace and Skull island  
 
Amphitheater converted to 950 seat Southern Palace theater
Confederacy
 
Flume II added
Spain
 
Sid and Marty Kroft Puppet Theater added
Outside Modern
End 1968 Season
Sky-Hook removed
Boom-town
 
Long Suspension Bridge removed
Swamp Tree Slides (3) removed 
Skull Island
     
  Attendance: 1.7 Million;
First Attendance Decline
 
     
1969 Angus Wynne sells Six Flags (205 acres) to Limited Partnership headed by Jack Knox.  
1969 Season
Tower added
Tower Slide added
Dolphin show added
Tower
 
Mini Mine Train added at the site of the SkyHook
Boomtown
 
Chevy show added at the Site of the Stagecoach ride.
Confederacy
End of 1969
Wild West Show ended
Arena
     
1970's
1970
Arena remodeled
Las Voladores Flying Indian Spectacular in Arena
Arena
End 1970 Season
Jet Set removed
Modern
     
1971 Six Flags Over Mid-America (St Louis) Opens  
1971 Season Penn Central Railroad begins management of Six Flags Over Texas  
1971
Big Bend Rollercoaster Added
Modern
     
1972
Rugged Buggy Added in Petting Zoo
Modern
 
@Texas Travel Exhibit with Scale Model of Six Flags Park opens.
Boomtown
End 1972
Boomtown RR Depot Removed
 
     
1973 Season
Good Time Square added
Doc Snooker's Infernal Electric Bumping Machines (Bumper Cars) added
Crazy Legs added
Miniature Circus Exhibit added
GTS RR Depot Added
Small Theater added next to Puppet show (Will Rogers Show)
Good Times Square
May 19, 1973 Attendance Record: 40,742  
     
1974 Season Music Mill added (4,500 seats) Music Mill
End of 1974 season
Arena closed
Flying Indian Spectacular closed
Texas
 
Flying Jenny removed
Confederacy
     
1975 Six Flags, Inc., buys Astroworld  
1975 Season Open: March 15, 1975
Closed: November 30, 1975
Tickets: $7; Under 12 $6; under 3 free
 
  Cyrus Comos, the inventor, introduced as new mascot, his Incredible Electric Light Brigade Parade Featured.  
 
Red Baron added (replaced the Flying Jenny); (Cyrus Comos Invention)
Confederacy
 
Rotoriculous (later Roto Disco) added; (Cyrus Comos Invention)
Small Theater show changed from Will Rogers to The Fun Guns of Dry Gulch
Good Times Square
End 1975
Small Theater removed - (The Fun Guns of Dry Gulch)
Sid & Marty Kraft show removed from Puppet show.
 
 
  • 27 million guests to date
  • Average Daily Attendance: 15,000
 
     
1976 Season
  • Open: March 13, 1976
  • Close: Nov. 28, 1976
  • Tickets: $7.50; Under 3 free; Season Pass $25.00
 
 
Texas Chute Out added
Good Times Square
End 1976 season
Skull Island Rafts removed
 
 
Slide removed
 
     
1977 Six Flags Inc., buys Great Adventure and Wild Safari Animal Park, Jackson, N.J.  
1977 Season
Spinnaker added
Tower Area
 
Stand up Baskets added to Chute Out
Good Times Square
 
Pirate Puppet Show added
Skull Island
July 3, 1977 Record Breaking Crowd - 45,496
K.C. and the Sunshine Band Concert
 
End 1977 season
Missile Chaser removed
Modern
     
1978 Season Tickets: $8.50; Under 3 free
32 Million Guests to date
 
 
ShockWave added
North of Park
End 1978 Season
Skull removed from Skull Island
Skull Island Confederacy
 
Fiesta Train II removed
Mexico
  Record Attendance: 2.78 Million  
  Average Yearly Attendance: 2.5 million  
     
1979 Season
Sensational Sense Machine added at site of Missile Chaser
Modern
 
People Mover Machine Added
 
  Six Flags Inc., buys Magic Mountain  
End 1979
Big Bend removed
Modern, Texas
 
Banderas de Colores (Covered walkway) Removed
 
  Angus Wynne passed away at the age of 65.  
     
1980s
1980 Season
Judge Roy Scream added
South of Park
August 5, 1980 Twentieth Anniversary
2.7 Million Annual visitors (est.)
 
 
Happy Motoring I Removed
(Happy II becomes Happy)
Modern
End 1980 Season
@Crazy Legs removed
Miniature Circus Exhibit removed
Good Time Square
 
Astro-Lift removed
 
     
1981 Season
Conquistador added
Mexico
 
Kiddie Ferris Wheel added by Tower
Tower
     
1982 Penn Central Sells Six Flags Corp., which manages the park to Bally Manufacturing Corporation.  
1982 Season
Texas Cliffhanger added
Modern
August 15, 1982
La Salle River Adventure Removed
Last ride August 15, 1982
France
End of 1982
Petting Zoo removed
Modern
 
Spindetop Moved to Texas, site of Texas Lift
 
 
Last of Skull Island Removed
Pirate Puppet Show removed
Skull Island
     
1983 Season
Roaring Rapids added
Tower
 
Pac-man Land Opened (site of Zoo)
"Soft-play" playground added
Red Baron moved to Pac-man land
Ferris Wheel moved to Pac-man land
(Rugged Buggy from Zoo becomes part of Pac-man land.)
Modern
 
Texas Tornado added at site of Crazy Legs
Good Times Square
 
People Mover Machine changed to Pac Man Show
 
End 1983 Season
Canoes removed
BoomTown
 
Dolphins removed
Tower
     
1984 Six Flags Inc, buys Great America in Chicago  
1984 Season
Great Air Racer added
US High Diving Show added (at Dolphin pool)
Tower
 
Spindletop Moved to Texas
Texas
  First "Spring Break Out"  
end 1984 Season
Pac-Man Land removed
Modern
  Attendance: @2.35 million  
     
1985 Season
  • Tickets: $14.95, under 42": $7.95
 
 
Looney Tunes Land added
Daffy Duck Boats added
Red Baron renamed to Tazmanian Devil Flying Ace
Rugged Buggy renamed to Road Runner Runaround
Modern
Christmas 1985 "Holiday in the Park" Introduced; 100,000 Guests  
End 1985
Merry Go Round removed for rebuilding
Boomtown
 
US High Diving Show ends
 
  Attendance: Over 2.5 million  
     
1986 Season Tickets: $14.95, under 42": $7.95  
 
Avalanche BobSled Ride Added
Mexico
 
Dolphins Back in Dolphin Pool
 
  Music Mill expanded to 10,000 seats  
August 5, 1986 25th Anniversary -
52 Million Guest to date (est.)
 
End 1986 Season
Happy Motoring Freeway removed
Modern
     
1987 Wesray Capital Corp. buys Six Flags Corp., the parks management co. for $617 million.  
1987 Season
Splashwater Falls added at site of Happy Motoring
Modern
  Incredible Acrobats of China perform during the summer.  
End 1987    
     
1988 Season
Merry Go Round reopened at the Front Gate as the Silver Star Carousel.
Front Gate
 
Gun Fighter Stunt Show added at site of Dolphin show
Tower
Oct. 22, 1988 Third Largest Crowd - Fright Night - 45,000  
End 1988 Season
Rotoriculous Removed
Good Times Square
 
Stunt Show Closed
Tower
     
1989 Season Open: March 4th, 1990
Close: December 31st, 1990
Tickets: $20.50; Children/Seniors $14 (after tax)
 
 
Flashback Roller Coaster Added
Good Times Square
 
Texas Tornado Swing Ride moved to old site of Merry Go Ride
Boomtown
 
Dolphin Show Starts Second Run
Tower
End 1989
Spindletop Removed
 
     
1990s
1990 Season Open: March 17, 1990
Close: December 31st, 1990
 
 
Texas Giant Roller Coaster Added
Texas
  Over 3 Million Visitors, record season  
     
1991 Time Warner Corp. buys one-half of the Six Flags Corp., which manages the park for the ownership that owns it. The Blackstone Group and Wertheim Schroder  buy the second one-half.  
End 1991 Season Spee-lunkers evicted from Cave Confederacy
     
1992 season Yosemite Sam and Gold River added (rethemed cave ride) Confederacy
  Batman Stunt Show added at site of old Stunt Show (site of older Dolphin Show) Tower
     
1993 Tickets: $25.95; $19.95 kids/seniors  
1993 Timer Warner Buys the second one-half of the Six Flags Corp., which manages the park.  
     
1994 Tickets: $26.95; $20.95 kids
2,500 Seasonal Employees
225 Full time workers
 
     
1995 season Right Stuff simulator added  
  Cliffhanger Name Changed to G-Force  
  Splash Down Falls Name Changed Modern
  Chameleon Virtual Reality added. Good Times Square
  Music Mill size doubled to over 10,000 seats.  
End 1995 season Spinnaker Removed  
1996 Season Runaway Mountain Opens Confederacy
  Runaway Mine Train named changed to Mine Train Boomtown
  Dive Bomber Alley opens Tower
End 1996 season Good Times Square Train station removed Good Times Square
     
1997 Season New Boomtown RR Station opens Boomtown
End 1997 Elmer Fudd Little Ferris Wheel Removed  
     
1998 Premier Parks buys both the Six Flags Corporation which manages the park and the park itself.  
1998 Season Mr. Freeze Roller-coaster Opens Good Times Square
  Rebuilt Mini-mine train opens  
End 1998 Right Stuff Movie and theming removed.  
     
1999 Season Gotham City Section Opens  
  BatMan the Ride Opens Good Time Square
  Right Stuff Theater rethemed to Dinosaur exhibit Modern
  Pay as you go Go-Carts added by Shockwave Tower
End 1999 Air Racer Removed Tower
2000s
2000 Season Missile-Chaser Returns to Tower Area Tower
2001 Season

The Titan Roller Coaster Added

 

  Wyle E. Coyote's Grand Canyon Blaster Modern - Looney Tunes Land

2002

Space Shuttle America in 3d Theater

Modern Section

End of 2002 New Missilechaser removed at end of season Tower Section

2003

Superman Tower of Power added at sight of Missilechaser and Great Air Racer

Tower Section
  Right Stuff Returns to 3d Theather Modern

2004

Sponge Bob Added to 3d Theater

Modern

  Casa Magnetica Returns Spain

2005

New shows: - Chinese Acrobats, Spirit of Dance and Kathy Burk's World of Puppets

45th Season

     
2006 1)   Acme Rock-n-Rocket built in Modern section Modern
Ten new rides added parkwide for 45th Anniversary 2)   Cloud Bouncer added in Good  Times Square
3)   Crazy Legs added in Good Times Square (Different ride from previous ride with the same name.)
Good Times Square
  4)  Bat Wings added in Gotham City
5)  Gotham City Sprayground addin in Gotham City
Gotham City
  6) Caddo lake Barge added to Tower Section Tower Section
  7)  Rodeo Ride added next to Texas Section by the Cave
8)  Sidewinder scramble style ride added next to the titan (Different ride from previous ride with the same name.)
9)   Boot Scottin'
Texas Section
  10)  La Fiesta De Las Tazas tea cup style ride added at location of El Sombero. El Somberro  (Hat Ride) moved close to front gate. Mexico and Spain

2007

Cirque Dreams Coobrila added at Music Mill Theater

Tower Section Music Mill Theater

2008

Tony Hawk's Big Spin Planned

 

2009

 

 

2010

 

 

50th Season

 

2011

 

Fifty Anniversary

 

Note of Appreciation:

      With special thanks to Scott Jordan for proof reading and historical information. Additional corrections by Tracy Henton and Sara Luckow.


     This Timeline attempts to list many of the notable events in the History of Six Flags Over Texas.

If you have any additions or corrections, please e-mail me using our contact form.

Davis McCown
Ride Operations, 1974-1977

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Sissy's Story

Sissy's Story parktimes Sun, 08/15/2010 - 20:32

Sissy's Story

 

The Story of Sis, The Six Flags Elephant

 

 

     When Six Flags first opened in 1961, one of the attractions was a petting zoo. The zoo was located in the USA section in the area where Looney Tunes Land is now located.

     One of the most notable attractions at the zoo was Sis the Six Flags Elephant (Sissy).  In fact, there were several "Sis" Elephants.  Due to the rate at which the young elephants grow, each "baby" elephant was replaced after one or two seasons.  This article concerns Sis VI, the sixth Elephant to live in the Six Flags Petting Zoo.  Sis has had a most exciting, although not always happy, live.

    The elephants in the pictures to the right are actually earlier Sis elephants. One is SIS II. Sis I was in the park from 1961 through 1963. The first SIS is shown in two of the shots to the right.

BACKGROUND

     Sis is an Asian Elephant, from Bangkok, Thailand.  She came to Six Flags in April of 1969. At that time, she was five months old, 34 inches high and weighed 160 pounds. Her exact birthday is unknown, so it has been sat at December 1, 1968.

     Sis apparently was removed from her Elephant family too soon, and as a result, did not properly develop socialization skills necessary to interact with other elephants.

SIX FLAGS

    Sis was officially named "Sis Flagg" by the park, as a play on the name Six Flags. She was a regular feature in the petting zoo as shown by the shots on the right of earlier Sis elephants. 

 

The Story of Sis

I Believe that this is Young Sis II
This is the Elephant in the Article

Sis I at the Petting Zoo, early 60s.
This is the First SIS and not the SIS in the Article.

Sis I at the Petting Zoo, early 60s.
This is also the First SIS and not the SIS in the Article.
Larry  Thomas is on the right
.

Her life in the park was essentially uneventful. Other than the occasional complaint that she stepped on someone's foot, or push someone into the rail, she got along well.     

Eventually, however, she became too large to keep as a petting Zoo animal. She left the Six Flags amusement park in November of 1969.    

     There were more Sis Elephants after Sis VI.  In particular, there was one that died in the park in about 1975. That may have been the last elephant Six Flag's had, as the park stopped keeping elephants in the mid 1970's. The Petting Zoo was closed after the 1982 season and converted into the Children's ride area. It is now Looney Tunes land.       

      In any case, Sis was sold to the Frank Buck Zoo in Gainesville, Texas in November of 1969. The school children of Gainesville collected pennies to buy the elephant. The children raised $3,900.00. The park sold the elephant for her purchase price of $3,400.00, so the Zoo had $400 left over for the care of Sis.

     She was very popular at the Zoo.  She was called Gerry II at Gainesville, because she replaced an elephant that died and was known as Gerry.  She was a favorite attraction at the Zoo.

THE FLOOD of 1981

     The Zoo was, however, built in a flood plain. In 1981, it flooded and Sis was literally submerged. She had to stick her trunk up in the air and wrap it around a tree limb just to breath. She was trapped in the flood waters for over a day.  

     Such suffered trauma as a result of the storm and still has problems dealing with storms and being washed. 

THE FORT WORTH ZOO 1986-1988

     In 1986 she was sent to the Fort Worth Zoo at the age of 24. This was the first time that she had been with other elephants. She did not adjust well to the unfamiliar surroundings and was not equipped to deal with the other elephants. After a very unhappy two years, she returned to Gainsville.

THE GAINSVILLE INCIDENT MAY 1997

     She went back to Gainsville, which was essentially her life long home.  But after she returned to Gainsville, a Zoo Keeper was killed in Sis's enclosure. Although it is not know what happened, Sis became known as a killer and Gainsville wanted to be rid of her.

THE HOUSTON ZOO APRIL 1998

     In April of 1998, Sis went to the Houston Zoo where she could again be with other Elephants at a top rate facility.  She still could not socialize well with other and was suffering depression from her various traumas.

THE EL PASO ZOO NOVEMBER 1998

     The Houston Zoo was just a temporary stopping point while arrangements were made for her new home at the El Paso Zoo. She was sent to the El Paso Zoo before her new home was completely made ready.

MISTREATMENT

     Her arrival at the El Paso was videotaped. She was treated so badly by Zoo Keepers when she arrived that the City Council voted to remove her from the Zoo.

     Those that have viewed the videotape described it as a "savage beating." She was struck on her legs with bats and ax handles. The beating lasted several hours.

    She was not received well by the other elephants either, and one knocked her over at least twice. A crane had to be used to stand her back up. 

     As a result of her beating, the US Department of Agriculture charged the Zoo with violations of the Federal Animal Welfare Act. In addition, the Zoo Director resigned. 

     While at El Paso, she suffered a partially paralyzed trunk as well.

THE ELEPHANT SANCTUARY 2000

     As of January 26th, 2000, Sis is at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. Upon her arrival, she was in poor health, did not eat or sleep well and suffers emotional trauma. She is now, however, doing very well, although she may have to undergo tooth surgery.  She is even learning to get along with the other elephants.

     The Elephant Sanctuary bills itself as the "first natural habitat refuge developed specifically for endangered Asian elephants." It operates on 800 acres near Nashville.

     Hopefully, she can spend the rest of her days at the Sanctuary in peace. Normally, her lifespan in the wild would be nearly 70s years. She is now forty-two. 

 

     Read more about Sis at  Sissy's Page at the Elephant Sanctuary.

     Donations for her support can be made at: Sissy's Support page.

 

last update: March 8, 2008

Marching Band

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Six Flags Marching Band
by Mark Finley, Six Flags Band, 1985 & 86

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     In 1985, Six Flags brought back a feature that had /sections/parkwide/liveshows/mfband1.jpg (30565 bytes)been missing from the park since the early days, a marching band. This generation of musicians would be very different from the military style of the early 60’s. This band would be made up of the most talented, energetic young players in the Metroplex, and they would play all styles of music including funk, jazz, popular music with a big band feel, and yes, even the occasional march. Brought out the archives was the Six Flags Over Texas march, which had not been heard in over 20 years until resurrected by the new band.

     In 1985, the new band started the day by playing at the front gate, greeting the first visitors of the day with traditional marches. Every show after that was in various location in the park, including the base of the tower, (and sometimes the top of the tower) the modern section, and outside the Southern Palace. The latter location soon proved to be the spot the band became famous for, because the band timed their arrival in the area with the southern palace crowd exit. The crowds were enormous, and it was not unusual to see people climbing trees to get a better view of the high-energy show. A typical show would include extended jazz solos, synchronized dancing, and sometimes a romantic ballad played to members of the crowd.

/sections/parkwide/liveshows/mfband2.jpg (42150 bytes)     1986 brought the 25th anniversary of the park, and a nighttime parade that wound from Good Times Square to the Texas section. The Band followed the parade with a closing set outside the Texas train depot. The Band also appeared in, and recorded the soundtrack for a Television commercial, was featured on the morning show of a local FM radio station, and won first prize for a musical group in the Arlington Fourth of July Parade.

     Starting in 1987, Six flags contracted out the on-grounds entertainment to a lessee. Older professionals from the area replaced the younger musicians, which changed the energy and appeal of the group. By 1990, the marching band program had been cancelled altogether.

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Click here to hear the band playing "Birdland"

Last update: Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Holiday in the Park

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    Holiday in the Park is a holiday season attraction which typically runs from the Day after Thanksgiving to new Year's Eve. The park is converted into a Christmas town, with lights, carolers and attractions. The first "Holiday in the Park" was in 1985 and it has run each year since.

 

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    Holiday in the park features vary from year to year, but in the past have included:

  • decorating the trees and buildings with holiday lights;
  • changing the shows to holiday seasonal shows;
  • stringing holiday lights on the Chute-Out, converting it into a Giant Christmas Tree;
  • placing a large star on two sides of the top of the tower;
  • opening a "snow hill" for sledding;
  • Christmas Carolers singing at various locations around the park;
  • a Lunny-tunes show at the front gate.
  • In early years, horse carriages took riders through the park. These have been abounded.

gtscho3.jpg (25004 bytes)    The first year, only a few rides were open. In the recent years, however, many of the rides and attractions have been open. Typically closed are the water rides, which are too cold to enjoy; the Tower and Chute-out, which are closed due to the decorations; and some of the roller-coasters on the outer edges of the park.

    In addition to the decoration and attractions, the stores sell holiday items.

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(c) Davis McCown
Last Update: July 04, 2007

Related Lists

Ten Oldest Rides

Ten Oldest Rides parktimes Sun, 08/15/2010 - 20:16

The Ten Oldest Rides

    The Ten Oldest Rides still operating in the park are as listed. Each is profiled with an article at this site. The list also corresponds with all of the rides built in the 60s which are still operational in the park.

1.   The Six Flags Railroad - Opened 1961;

2.   Chaparral Cars - Opened 1962;

3.   The Flume Ride - opened 1963;

4.   The Silver Star Carrousel - opened 1963 (closed 1986 & 1987 for remodeling);

5.   The Cave Ride - open 1964; rethemed 1992;

6.   El Sombrero - opened 1965;

7.   Runaway Mine Train - opened 1966;

8.   Tower - open 1969; closed for renovations 1998
      Mini-Mine Train - open 1969; closed for renovations & reconstruction 1997.

10) the Rugged Buggy, now a Loony Tunes land ride was added in 1972, in the petting zoo.

The Rugged Buggy is the park's oldest "kiddie ride".

    The next major ride to be added, which is still in the park, is the Texas Chute-out, added in 1976. The Red Baron, also now a Loony Tunes land ride, was also added in 1975.

      The next major ride to still be operating in the park is the Shockwave, which opened in 1978. 

NOTES:

    The Flume is considered older than the Carrousel, as the Carousel was closed for two full seasons.

    The Tower and Mini-mine Train are considered tied for 9th oldest, as both have been closed for a season.

(c) Davis McCown
Last Update: August 17, 2010

45th Anniversary Additions

45th Anniversary Additions parktimes Fri, 08/20/2010 - 23:04

Ten New Rides for 2006

     Six Flags over Texas is adding 10 new rides for 2006. This expansion will be the largest in park history. The ten new rides include:

    USA Section:

           1)    ACME Rock-n-Rocket - A ride similar to the Conquistador, only shaped like a firecracker rocket. In addition to the different shape, the Rock-n-Rocket swings you a round to a full 360 degrees. The ride is located next to the Ultimate Adventure Theater, which is currently showing Sponge-Bob Square-Pants.

   Goodtimes Square:

        2)      Cloud Bouncer - This is an up and down ride in which the riders sit in Hot air balloon Baskets. The balloons rise up into the air, go around in a circle and come down. The ride is located by the majestic theater (the Goodtimes Square Theater.)

       3)     Crazy Legs - A centrifugal force ride with 3 arms that go up and down and spin you around. This ride is located near the exit of the Flashback. This ride Is NOT the same Crazy legs that was added to the park in 1971. It is however basically the same ride, with just a little bit of differences. 

     Gotham City:

       4)    Bat wings A ride similar to the Dumbo ride in Disneyworld. The little Bat cars send you up and down and around and around. This ride is located by Mr. Freeze.

       5)    Gotham City Sprayground - This is basically a playground with water. It is located across from Batman the Ride.

        Tower Section:

     6)    Caddo Lake Barge -  Similar to the Conquistador, this ride slides you on a curved track instead of  swinging from a support. While it slides you back and forth, it also spins you around. This ride is located on the lake by the superman tower of power.

    Texas Section:

  7)    Rodeo - This ride is  similar to the teacup rides, only instead of tea cups you ride in bulls. While the bulls spin you in around they also buck you up and down. Hold on to you hat!!! This ride is located by the Cave Ride.

    8)    Sidewinder - A classic scrambler ride, the Sidewinder is similar to the Missile Chaser that was in the park. There was also a Scrambler Ride where the superman was. The ride was put in after the Park took down Air racer. It was a filler until they could figure out what to do with the space. They finally decided on the Superman. The new Sidewinder will be located by the Titan. The Sidewinder was also the name of the first roller coaster in the park.

    9)    Boot Scootin' -  This ride is a merry-go-round with boots. While you spin the boot gently jolt up and down. This ride is located directly across from the Chaparral Antique Cars. 

   Mexico and Spain:

    10)     La Fiesta De Las Tazas -  This ride is a basic teacup ride.  The name roughly translates to: The "Party of the Teacups (cups)".  This ride is located by the La Vibora Bobsled, where the Mexican hat used to be. The Mexican hat was moved in order to build this ride.  

   These descriptions are taken from the Press releases, computer generated photos and the video on the Six Flags website. The Cloud Bouncer and Batwings name were already changed from the initial press release. The original name was "Up, Up, and Away" for Cloud Bouncer. Batwings first name was "Blackbird".

 By: Katie McCown

Last Update: Wednesday, July 04, 2007