SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS: THE FIRST FIFTY YEARS.

SixFlagsOverTexas[Book: Davis G. McCown – 2016 – 15x24cm – 298 Pages – Many B&W images]. “In the 1950s and early ‘60s, four amusement parks opened, each attempting to succeed in the style of Disneyland as a new modern theme park. Three of the four failed. The fourth, opened by a Texas land developer, not only was successful, but became the initial park in what is now one of the largest amusement park chains in the world. This is the story of Six Flags Over Texas. Opening in 1961 in Arlington, Texas, Six Flags Over Texas was themed on the flags of the six sovereign nations which flew over the area that is now Texas. Initially, a small park with fourteen rides, it grew and evolved with each season. Now it is a major park with over forty rides, many designed specifically for younger guests, as well as several theatres and show venues. This book traces the history of the park, from its conception and construction, through its Fiftieth Anniversary.” Chapter Points: Foreword; Before Six Flags – 1957-1961; The Original Park – 1961; Six Flags Railroad; Wynne Development Years Continue – 1962-1970; The Penn Central Bankruptcy – 1970; Seven Seas – 1972-1976; Penn Central Management – 1971-1981; Six Flags Employees; Bally Manufacturing Corp. – 1982-1987; Wesray Capital – 1988-1991; The Warner Years Begin – 1991 & 1992; Time Warner II – 1993-1995; Warner Brothers & Boston Ventures – 1996 & 1997; Premier Parks – 1998-2004; Premier Parks II – 2005-2008; Premier Parks III – 2009-2012; The Future; Online Resources; Six Flags’ Major Attractions (Table); Six Flags’ System of Parks (Table); Parks owned by Premier Parks (Table); About the Author; Index. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.