Vol 8, No 217
August 5, 1961
Six Flags Theme Park opens in Arlington
Six Flags Over Texas
On this date in 1961, Six Flags Over Texas theme park in Arlington opened. Visitors could ride canoes, stage coaches, join a watermelon eating contest, ride on the LaSalle adventure boats, or visit Skull Island. The original narrow gauge steam railroad surrounding the park is still in operation.
The six flags represent the six nations that have at one time or another, staked claim to the territory of Texas: Spain, France, Mexico, The Republic of Texas, The Confederacy, and the United States.
In 1961, Disneyland in California was the largest theme park in the country. Other amusement parks, like Coney Island, were scattered along the East and West coasts. Six Flags was Mid-America's answer to Disneyland.
Today, Six Flags owns and/or operates over fifty amusement, theme, and water parks worldwide.