Six Flags Over Mid-America Circa the 70's/80's

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Six Flags Over Mid-America Circa the 70's/80's

Postby coasterboy76 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:31 am

I cam across some old picture files while cleaning out and old laptop today, and thought I would post them here.

These are shots of Six Flags Over Mid-America ( SFSTL) as it was called back then. for those of you who remember the park like this, these shots should bring back some memories for you. I hope the rest of you enjoy them as much as I do..
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Six Flags Logo bumpersticker
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The Skyway
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Hoo Hoo log flume postcard
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Worlds fair train station, in front of the Palace Music hall
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The "old Chicago" section of the Illinois section of the park-- Right behind this sign is where the Rush Street Flyer sits now..
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River king Mine Train-- the best of the 2 tracks..this was removed and the Ninja sits here now.
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another shot of the better of the 2 tracks
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these are the "super sport cars" we had these in addition to the anitque cars. Batman and Hurricane Harbor occupy this area now
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The Buccaneer! wich was transformed into the jokers Jinx in the late 80's early 90's
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The "Sky Shooter" Tallest thrill ride in the world! 250ft of slow fun
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The Riverking Mine train station-- for many years during the 80's the track it runs on now was not in operation, . This station is now closed, the track was removed and the coaster now runs on the other track.
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"Injun Joes Cave" which is now the Scooby Doo haunted adventure.
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park pamphlet advertising the Jetscream!
this is circa 1981
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The Ill fated "Rail Blazer" instead of building a new coaster, Six Flags put stand up trains on the current Mine train track.. didnt work too well, a rough ride it was. this ride didn't make it past the 1984 season, and the mine train was returned to its
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this was the ad picture for the Rail Blazer.

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Postby Jive » Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:54 am

I dig old photos.

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Postby HCOSurfer90 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:55 am

Wow, I finally get to see pics of the old River King Mine Ride with the stand-up trains. Awesome :b

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Postby deguy123 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 10:59 am

Great Photos :-)

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Postby coasterboy76 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:06 am

HCOSurfer90 wrote:Wow, I finally get to see pics of the old River King Mine Ride with the stand-up trains. Awesome :b



Yeah, Pictures of the Rail Blazer are very hard to find, it was only open one season, and it didn't even make it a full season, the ride was shut down on
Saturday, July 7, 1984 after a woman was flung out of the car and fell 20 feet to her death.

The ride itself was very rough, a mine train coaster should remain a mine train coaster...lol

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Postby coasterboy76 » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:14 am

here are a few more shots...
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This is the Haunted house that was at the front entrance of the park during the 80's
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A staple at most of the Six Flags parks during the 70's - the Krofft Puppet show theatre
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the Hoo Hoo log flume
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veiw from the Sky Way going to the Illinois section of the park
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The old dolphin show, wich was switched to the US diving team show, then the ever popular "Robin Hood Stunt Spectacular"
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The Jetscream Opening season 1981

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Postby BeemerBoy » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:18 am

^ OMG, was that as big as the dolphin tank was, or did it extend beyond what was shown in the picture? :shockr:
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Postby Olsor » Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:49 am

How about giving some props to the site where you got those RailBlazer and Jet Scream pics:

www.geocities.com/Pipeline/Reef/6776/top

RailBlazer did reopen with additional seatbelts, if I remember correctly, about a month after the accident. It ran that way for the rest of the season, and then the old sit-down trains were put back on.

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Postby pkdcoaster » Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:15 pm

Awesome Retro Photo TR!! Is it just me or did parks look alot more nicer back then?

Thanks for sharing

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Postby pvcoasterguy » Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:23 pm

Eww... the Rail Blazer trains look awful and uncomfortable. It seems that it would be easy for someone to get flung out of those, due to the openings on the sides of the harness without any real bucket (conforming to your body) "seat".

Nice TR!

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