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 Carousel – 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. 


    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

Six Flags over Texas Timeline

 Six Flags over Texas Timeline 
1897The Red Train, known as the Maribeau B. Lamar, and later as the Charles Patton, is manufactured by Porter Locomotives. 
1901The Green Train, known as the Sam Houston, and later as the Larry Cochran, is manufactured by Dickson  Locomotives. 
1925/6The Carrousel Ride is produced by the Dentzel Carousel Company of Philadelphia. 
1955Disneyland Opens 
1959Preliminary Planning for Six Flags Begins, by the Great Southwest Corp., real estate developer Angus Wynne of Dallas and New York Investors, owners 
August 1960Construction for Six Flags Begins 
1961Park Opening 
August 1, 1961 to August 5, 1961“Soft test opening” of Six Flags 
August 5, 1961Grand Opening Attendance: 8,374 
1961 SeasonTicket Price: $2.75 adult; $2.25 child; Parking: 50cHamburger: 35c; Soft Drink: 10cMinimum Employee age: 21 
 Dancing Waters
Star Mall
Marching Band
Front Gate
 Southwest Life Petting Zoo
Missile Chaser
Happy Motoring Freeway (One Track)
Sidewinder – Wild Mouse Roller Coaster
 La Salle’s Riverboat AdventureFrance
 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
 Skull Island
“Skull Rock”
skull slide
Raft Ride to Skull Island
Tree Slide
Skull Island
 Six Flags Railroad
Astrolift Terminal
Gunfighter Performances
 Los Conquistadors Coronado Burro RideSpain
 Las Cocheses Cabras Goat Cart Ride
Indian Village, Indian Dancers
Original  Ferrocarril Fiesta Train
Mexican Band
Banderas de Colores (Covered walkway)
 Helicopter RidesOutside the park
End 19611st Season: 45 days1st Season Attendance: @550,000Last day: November 25, 1961 
1962 SeasonTickets: Adults $2.75,under 12 $2.25Minimum Employee Age: 18Open: April 20, 19621000 employees 
 Sidewinder roller coaster moved to Mexico renamed  “La CucarachaMexico
 Red Train Finished and on-line July 5, 1962
Chaparral Cars Added
 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 SidewinderModern
 Casa Magnetica addedSpain
End of 1962Burro Ride RemovedSpain
 Attendance: @1.2 million 
1963 SeasonAdults: $3.50, Under 12 $2.50 
 BoomTown added
Antique Carousel Added
Sky-Hook Added
Boomtown Station RR Depot
Small Puppet Show Wagon
 Happy Motoring Freeway First track shortened to make way for Boomtown. 
 El Aserradero Flume I, Log Ride Added at site of Burro RideSpain
End of 1963 SeasonPark Helicopter Rides Ended 
 Goat Cart Ride RemovedMexico
1964 SeasonSpee-Lunker’s Cave Ride Added
Stagecoach run shortened and Q-house moved from next to Chicken Plantation to across from Cave.
 Long Suspension Bridge Added
Swamp Tree Slides (3) added 
Skull Island
 Caddo War Canoes moved to BoomtownBoomtown
End 1964Indian Village Removed
La Cucaracha“, Wild Mouse rollercoaster Removed
 Pirate Boat RemovedSkull Island
1965 SeasonArena added
Circus Show in Arena
 El Sombrero Hat Ride added at site of “La Cucaracha” rollercoasterMexico
end 1965Circus Show ends at New Arena 
 “Star” removed from Frontgate and Replaced with five large circular planters.Front Gate
1966 SeasonWild West Show in ArenaTexas
 Runaway Mine Train addedBoomtown
 Courthouse Clock-Tower (Ice House) added at Front GateFront Gate
1967 SeasonSpindletop (Rotor Ride) added at site of Current Puppet Show. 
 Jet Set addedModern
End 1967 SeasonButterfield Stagecoach removedConfederacy
 Original Fiesta Train (The Mexican Hat Train) removed. 
 Attendance: @ 2 million 
1968 SeasonFiesta Train II
(replaced original Fiesta Train)
 Spindletop moved to between Southern Palace and Skull island 
 Amphitheater converted to 950 seat Southern Palace theaterConfederacy
 Flume II addedSpain
 Sid and Marty Kroft Puppet Theater addedOutside Modern
End 1968 SeasonSky-Hook removedBoom-town
 Long Suspension Bridge removed
Swamp Tree Slides (3) removed 
Skull Island
 Attendance: 1.7 Million;
First Attendance Decline
1969Angus Wynne sells Six Flags (205 acres) to Limited Partnership headed by Jack Knox. 
1969 SeasonTower added
Tower Slide added
Dolphin show added
 Mini Mine Train added at the site of the SkyHookBoomtown
 Chevy show added at the Site of the Stagecoach ride.Confederacy
End of 1969Wild West Show endedArena
1970Arena remodeledLas Voladores Flying Indian Spectacular in ArenaArena
End 1970 SeasonJet Set removedModern
1971Six Flags Over Mid-America (St Louis) Opens 
1971 SeasonPenn Central Railroad begins management of Six Flags Over Texas 
1971Big Bend Rollercoaster AddedModern
1972Rugged Buggy Added in Petting ZooModern
 Texas Travel Exhibit with Scale Model of Six Flags Park opens.Boomtown
End 1972Boomtown RR Depot Removed 
1973 SeasonGood 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, 1973Attendance Record: 40,742 
1974 SeasonMusic Mill added (4,500 seats)Music Mill
End of 1974 seasonArena closed
Flying Indian Spectacular closed
 Flying Jenny removedConfederacy
1975Six Flags, Inc., buys Astroworld 
1975 SeasonOpen: 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 1975Small 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 SeasonOpen: March 13, 1976
Close: Nov. 28, 1976
Tickets: $7.50; Under 3 free;
Season Pass $25.00
 Texas Chute Out addedGood Times Square
End 1976 seasonSkull Island Rafts removed 
 Slide removed 
1977Six Flags Inc., buys Great Adventure and Wild Safari Animal Park, Jackson, N.J. 
1977 SeasonSpinnaker addedTower Area
 Stand up Baskets added to Chute OutGood Times Square
 Pirate Puppet Show addedSkull Island
July 3, 1977Record Breaking Crowd – 45,496
K.C. and the Sunshine Band Concert
End 1977 seasonMissile Chaser removedModern
1978 SeasonTickets: $8.50; Under 3 free
32 Million Guests to date
 ShockWave addedNorth of Park
End 1978 SeasonSkull removed from Skull IslandSkull Island Confederacy
 Fiesta Train II removedMexico
 Record Attendance: 2.78 Million 
 Average Yearly Attendance: 2.5 million 
1979 SeasonSensational Sense Machine added at site of Missile ChaserModern
 People Mover Machine Added 
Six Flags Inc., buys Magic Mountain 
End 1979Big Bend removedModern, Texas
 Banderas de Colores (Covered walkway) Removed 
 Angus Wynne passed away at the age of 65. 
1980 SeasonJudge Roy Scream addedSouth of Park
August 5, 1980Twentieth Anniversary
2.7 Million Annual visitors (est.)
 Happy Motoring I Removed
(Happy II becomes Happy)
End 1980 SeasonCrazy Legs I removed
Miniature Circus Exhibit removed
Good Time Square
 Astro-Lift removed 
1981 SeasonConquistador addedMexico
 Kiddie Ferris Wheel added by TowerTower
1982Penn Central Sells Six Flags Corp., which manages the park to Bally Manufacturing Corporation. 
1982 SeasonTexas Cliffhanger addedModern
August 15, 1982La Salle River Adventure Removed
Last ride August 15, 1982
End of 1982Petting Zoo removedModern
 Spindetop moved to Texas, site of Texas Lift 
 Last of Skull Island Removed
Pirate Puppet Show removed
Skull Island
1983 SeasonRoaring Rapids addedTower
 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.)
 Texas Tornado added at site of Crazy LegsGood Times Square
 People Mover Machine changed to Pac Man Show 
End 1983 SeasonCanoes removedBoomTown
 Dolphins removedTower
1984Six Flags Inc, buys Great America in Chicago 
1984 SeasonGreat Air Racer added
US High Diving Show added (at Dolphin pool)
 Spindletop Moved to TexasTexas
 First “Spring Break Out” 
end 1984 SeasonPac-Man Land removedModern
 Attendance: @2.35 million 
1985 SeasonTickets: $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
Christmas 1985“Holiday in the Park” Introduced; 100,000 Guests 
End 1985Merry Go Round removed for rebuildingBoomtown
 US High Diving Show ends 
 Attendance: Over 2.5 million 
1986 SeasonTickets: $14.95, under 42″: $7.95 
 Avalanche BobSled Ride AddedMexico
 Dolphins Back in Dolphin Pool 
 Music Mill expanded to 10,000 seats 
August 5, 198625th Anniversary –
52 Million Guest to date (est.)
End 1986 SeasonHappy Motoring Freeway removedModern
1987Wesray Capital Corp. buys Six Flags Corp., the parks management co. for $617 million. 
1987 SeasonSplashwater Falls added at site of Happy MotoringModern
 Incredible Acrobats of China perform during the summer. 
End 1987  
1988 SeasonMerry Go Round reopened at the Front Gate as the Silver Star Carousel.Front Gate
 Gun Fighter StunShow added at site of Dolphin showTower
Oct. 22, 1988Third Largest Crowd – Fright Night – 45,000 
End 1988 SeasonRotoriculous RemovedGood Times Square
 Stunt Show ClosedTower
1989 SeasonOpen: March 4th, 1990
Close: December 31st, 1990
Tickets: $20.50; Children/Seniors $14 (after tax)
 Flashback Roller Coaster AddedGood Times Square
 Texas Tornado Swing Ride moved to old site of Merry Go RideBoomtown
 Dolphin Show Starts Second RunTower
End 1989Spindletop Removed 
1990 SeasonOpen: March 17, 1990
Close: December 31st, 1990
 Texas Giant Roller Coaster AddedTexas
 Over 3 Million Visitors, record season 
1991Time 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 CaveConfederacy
1992 seasonYosemite 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
1993Tickets: $25.95;
$19.95 kids/seniors
1993Timer Warner Buys the second one-half of the Six Flags Corp., which manages the park. 
1994Tickets: $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 ChangedModern
  Chameleon Virtual Reality added.Good Times Square
 Music Mill size doubled to over 10,000 seats. 
End 1995 seasonSpinnaker Removed 
1996 Season Runaway Mountain OpensConfederacy
  Runaway Mine Train named changed to Mine TrainBoomtown
 Dive Bomber Alley opensTower
End 1996 season Good Times Square Train station removedGood Times Square
1997 SeasonNew Boomtown RR Station opensBoomtown
End 1997 Elmer Fudd Little Ferris Wheel Removed 
1998Premier Parks buys both the Six Flags Corporation which manages the park and the park itself. 
1998 Season Mr. Freeze Roller-coaster OpensGood Times Square
 Rebuilt Mini-mine train opens 
End 1998Right Stuff Movie and theming removed. 
1999 Season Gotham City Section Opens 
  BatMan the Ride OpensGood Time Square
 Right Stuff Theater rethemed to Dinosaur exhibitModern
 Pay as you go Go-Carts added by ShockwaveTower
End 1999Air Racer RemovedTower
2000 Season Missile-Chaser Returns to Tower AreaTower
2001 SeasonThe Titan Roller Coaster Added 
 Wyle E. Coyote’s Grand Canyon BlasterModern – Looney Tunes Land
2002Space Shuttle America in 3d TheaterModern Section
End of 2002New Missilechaser removed at end of seasonTower Section
2003Superman Tower of Power added at sight of Missilechaser and Great Air RacerTower Section
 Right Stuff Returns to 3d TheatherModern
2004Sponge Bob Added to 3d TheaterModern
 Casa Magnetica ReturnsSpain
2005New shows: – Chinese Acrobats, Spirit of Dance and Kathy Burk’s World of Puppets45th Season
20061)   Acme Rock-n-Rocket built in Modern sectionModern
Ten new rides added parkwide for 45th Anniversary2)   Cloud Bouncer added in Good  Times Square
3)   Crazy Legs II 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 SectionTower 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
2007Cirque Dreams Coobrila added at Music Mill TheaterTower Section Music Mill Theater
2008Tony Hawk’s Big Spin added 
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

Six Flags History Book

Six Flags Silver Star Carousel at the Frontgate Mall.

Six Flags over TexasThe First Fifty Years – A Pictorial History, traces the history of the Texas park from its conception and construction to its Fiftieth Anniversary. Featured all each of the major attractions which have come and gone over the years.

Opening in 1961 in Arlington, Texas, Six Flags over Texas, was themed on the flags of the six sovereign nations which have flown over the area that is now Texas. A small park, with fourteen rides, the park changed and evolved with each season. Now it is a major park with over forty rides, many designed specifically for younger guests, and several theaters and show venues.

The book covers the planning by local land developer Angus Wynne II and Cornelius Vanderbilt (C.V.) Wood Jr. to build the park.  Wood owned Marco Engineering & Design, a company then designing and constructing four major Amusement Parks. Of those four, only Six Flags over Texas survived. 

Covered are the original park and rides, such as the Conquistador Burro Ride, LaSalle’s River Adventure and the Butterfield Stagecoach ride. The story continues up through the New Texas Giant, built in connection with the park’s fiftieth anniversary.

The author, an local attorney and former Six Flags’ ride operator, presents over 200 images, including concept drawings, early postcards, public relations photographs, historical photographs, and artifacts representative of the history of the park. These images cover the first fifty years of the park’s history and development. In addition, there is nearly 290 pages of text. Many of the shots were taken personally by the author over the last thirty years.

The book is available in paperwork for $28.00, as well as in a Kindle version for $20.00.

The book is a Kindle “matchbook”. If you purchase the Book first, you can buy the Kindle version at a discount of $2.99.

Link to Paperback version on Amazon.

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Hardback versions and versions with color prints will follow.

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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

1961 Aerial Photographs

Section: Parkwide

1961 Aerial Pictures

Aerial Photographs from the Opening Year of Six Flags
Click on each Thumbnail Images to View the Larger Graphic

Front Gate

View of Park looking West

Modern – USA Section

Modern – USA Section

Indian Village

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

Last Update: March 8, 2008