Texas Landmarks and Legacies - Today in Texas History
Vol MMXVII, No 217 August 5, 1961 Saturday Evening
Six Flags Theme Park opens in Arlington
Born This Date
Blues legend, John Vandiver born in Dallas
DALLAS Click Here to follow "John Vandiver" back in Time (1945) Click Here to follow "John Vandiver" forward in Time  On this date in 1945, Texas Blues legend, John Vandiver was born in Dallas. John was murdered along with his girlfriend/manager Debbie Davison Feb. 22, 1985 in their home near Magnolia. His recording of St James Infirmary is a classic.    More about "John Vandiver on the Web

Six Flags Over Texas
ARLINGTON  (1961)   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.
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