Six Flags Over Georgia (Images of America)
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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.
coloring/activity book picturing Pufnstuf, Cling and Clang, and the Lidsville gang enjoying the park’s attractions. If you have one, count yourself lucky! (www.WorldofKrofft.com collection.) Cultivating its relationship with local elementary schools, Six Flags sent Pufnstuf out to meet the kiddies in person during the 1973–1974 school year. (Shaunnon Drake collection.) Many cars sported these yellow-and-black bumper stickers when they pulled out of the parking lot after a day’s fun. Sometimes
immediately immersed in a world representative of Georgia’s rich historical past. (Author’s collection.) The first costumed characters to roam the park and greet guests were Mr. Rabbit and Mr. Bear from the Tales of the Okefenokee ride. Antisocial Mr. Fox declined to make nice with the visitors. (Six Flags collection.) Puppeteers Sid and Marty Krofft were rapidly becoming famous for their Saturday morning television programming; in 1970, their star creation, H. R. Pufnstuf, made his debut as a
UNFLAGGING PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Pulling the material for this book together involved many different people, considering the fact that Six Flags’ own archives have become scattered throughout various homes and offices over the years—and even at that, some of the material known to have existed has still not turned up. However, for their invaluable help in locating and identifying historic photographs and pieces of information, we should credit the following past and present employees
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
the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida. (Author’s collection.) Although not considered costumed characters in the same vein as Pufnstuf and the others, Spanish conquistadors hung their helmets around Castillo DeSoto to give the fortress the appropriate flavor. (Author’s collection.) Most of the Spanish section’s attractions were located within the Castillo DeSoto’s walls, but guests could also ascend to the top of the fort for some target practice. These cannons (above) would be