USA - The Modern Section
The USA Section represents Texas under the US flag. It is often called the "Modern" section, because it represents the current and future Texas. The Original Attractions included The Petting Zoo, a small Zoo which housed various animals that the could be feed and petted. Included were small farm animals, such as goats and a donkey, as well as some exotic animals, such as a baby elephant and giant turtle.
Another original attraction was the AstroLift. The Astrolift was a cable car with four passenger gondolas which took riders from the Modern section to the Texas Section. Also included was Happy Motoring, in which guest drove two seat gas automobiles around a track.
The Sidewinder was the parks first roller coaster and the Misslechaser was a scrambler ride. Other Attractions: The Jet Set was an airplane ride. It was replaced by the Big Bend roller coaster, which was added in the seventies. Loony-Tunes Land The Cliffhanger Splash Water Falls 3d Theater Modern Food Courts.
1961 - 1964
One Rollercoaster - Two Names
The Sidewinder has the distinction of being the first roller coaster at Six Flags. It was also the only roller coaster in the park for the first four years of operations.
The Missilechaser was a scrambler type ride. It opened with the park in 1961 and was removed from the park at the end of the 1977 season. The area where it was located was later used for the Sensational Sense Machine
attraction. This area is no longer open to the public.
The ride was the first of three scrambler rides installed in the park. The second scrambler, also named the Missilechaser was added in 2000 at the current site for the Superman Ride. It was removed at the end of the 2002 season.
The Astrolift was one of the original rides at the park's opening in 1961. The ride was a suspended cable car ride similar to rides at the Texas State fair, the San Antonio Zoo, and other amusement parks. The 25 cars provided guests a panoramic view of the park as they traveled up to 55 feet high.
The Petting Zoo was located in the Modern Section in what is now Looney Tunes Land. It was an original attraction when the Park opened in 1961,
The zoo, initially, sponsored by Southwestern Life Insurance was a place guests could visit and pet friendly farm animals, such as cows and goats, as well as birds, and a giant tortoise.
1961 - 1986
The Humble Happy Motoring Freeway (known as the "Modern Cars") opened with the Park in 1961. The track ran along the South edge of the Modern Section from near the Zoo to the area that would become Boomtown.
Aquaman Splashdown (Splashwater Falls)
1971 - 1978
In 1971, Six Flags introduced the Big Bend Roller Coaster. The name “Big Bend” was a clever play on words, since it refers both to the many “bends” felt by the riders on the curving, “bending”, track, as well as Texas’ rugged Big Bend National park, with its diverse rivers, mountains and deserts.