Six Flags Over Georgia (Images of America)
When Six Flags Over Georgia opened in June 1967, it became the first theme park in the Southeast. Although the park is best known today for its high-speed roller coasters, this book recaptures its earlier years when it was devoted to the various periods of Georgia's history.
Six Flags Over Georgia revisits such classic rides and attractions as the Log Jamboree, Tales of the Okefenokee, Jean Ribaut'sAdventure, the Krofft Puppet Theater, the Happy Motoring Freeway, and many others.
It also explores how the park's focus changed and expanded over the decades and takes a look at some of its classic advertising and souvenirs.
cannon blasts to give a convincing effect (and more than one passenger received a face full of water in the process). (Author’s collection.) Escaping the cannon fire, the skipper triumphantly shouts “Viva la France!” as he brings yet another boatload of passengers under the tracks of the railroad and safely back to the loading dock. It’s been an amazing journey! (Author’s collection.) Six Flags maintenance foreman Carl Marquardt looks appropriately pensive as he observes the transformation of
poured into the earth to form the foundation for the new Great Gasp parachute-drop ride. (Six Flags collection.) The Great Gasp was Six Flags’ major addition for the 1976 season. It was based on the parachute-drop ride that had debuted at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and later played out its days at Coney Island. Six Flags’ publicity photographs placed their sleek Great Gasp in juxtaposition with the older, cruder New York version. (Six Flags collection.) The Great Gasp gasped its last at the
Six Flags character. (Andy Duckett collection.) Pufnstuf’s sidekicks, Cling and Clang, must have been taking vitamins before moving from Living Island to Atlanta. On television, they were only four feet tall, but at Six Flags, they towered over most of the guests. (Andy Duckett collection.) The Kroffts’ television series Lidsville premiered in September 1971, and several of the series’ hat characters were added to the Six Flags lineup for the 1972 operating season. Because the costumes were
a small lake. In the 1970s, Six Flags installed some kiddie rides with a Spanish (or, more correctly, Mexican) theme in this section. Some of these were retained and rethemed after the takeover by the Looney Tunes cartoon bunch in 1985, but others were not. Today’s Bugs Bunny World exists as a sort of suburb in the larger Spanish metropolis, with gags aplenty based on the classic Warner Brothers cartoons. Six Flags’ Castillo DeSoto, the primary feature of the Spanish section, was modeled after
name. (Six Flags collection.) The Horror Cave, designed by Sid and Marty Krofft for the 1968 operating season, was entered through the gaping mouth of this creepy head. That was nothing compared to the creeps that waited inside. (Andy Duckett collection.) In one horribly memorable scene in the Horror Cave, this maniac brandished a skill saw and the head of a woman he had just severed from her body, which lay outstretched across the bed in her ornate room, blood pouring out of her neck. Pleasant