All the pieces we see as we speak in Arlington’s exceptional leisure district could by no means have come to be aside from an actual property developer in search of an answer to an issue.
Angus Wynne, Jr.’s imaginative and prescient upon the completion of the DFW Turnpike in 1957 was that of imagining Dallas and Fort Value rising collectively and assembly on the midway level in a rising Arlington.
His plan was to construct an expansive industrial park in that path, and he started doing simply that when the venture, seemingly forward of its time, faltered.
As a substitute of giving up his dream, he got here up with the concept of making a small Disneyesque household leisure heart he hoped would produce some badly wanted money movement.
Possibly, the story is informed, he would function the points of interest for a number of years then get better the land for extra workplaces and warehouses as the commercial park he had begun loved larger success.
As a substitute, from its humble beginnings in 1961, he had launched a wholly new business, and this yr we get to have fun the sixtieth anniversary of Six Flags Over Texas – an organization that now operates 16 parks throughout the nation and all over the world.
There are an important many accounts of younger folks assembly their future spouses whereas each had been working on the park in its earliest years. Right here’s only a couple:
Steve Martindale, the just lately retired chief government of the Six Flags company, described his and his spouse’s personal story: “We did, certainly meet in 1977 whereas working within the rides division. After I first requested her to exit with me, she declined. I endured, and he or she lastly agreed, and we dated for six years straight earlier than we married in 1983. We had been very younger once we began out; Paula was 17, and I used to be 19.”
New York Instances best-selling creator Sandra Brown met Michael after they had been faculty college students throughout rehearsals within the Southern Palace present within the park.
“After the primary day of rehearsal,” Sandra reminiscences, “I went house and informed my household, ‘I met my husband as we speak.’”
The primary time my spouse and I found Arlington was on our wedding ceremony journey in 1964. Our honeymoon vacation spot was Six Flags. Two years later, we moved right here and made the town our everlasting house.
Someday within the early Nineties throughout a metropolis council work session we obtained to speaking about our early experiences at Six Flags Over Texas and found that three of my council colleagues had been working on the park in these early days of my household’s visits to the park.
It’s solely probably that Invoice Snider, Marti VanRavenswaay, and Kelly Jones and I crossed paths on the park when Sylvia and I had been taking our little son Brian, who would, someday as a teen, run the sound for the Loopy Horse Saloon.
I imagined them opening the door to the Astro Elevate, or serving to us onto La Salle’s River Journey, or discovering the Spee-Lunkers or serving us on the Colonel’s Café or serving to us discover a seat within the Southern Palace.
The fold-out map to information us by the park we had in our fingers on the time was designed by Dick Malec.
None of us would have imagined that someday all of us can be serving on the town council collectively.
At present, tourism is Arlington’s largest financial system. First launched by Wynne’s effort to shore up his fledgling industrial park with the little leisure advanced, it has soared to surprising heights.
Six Flags’ success made it attainable for former mayor Tom Vandergriff to level out to the barons of Main League Baseball how Arlington had the flexibility to draw crowds from throughout North Texas and past.
I do know it’s a cliché, however this actually matches: The remaining is historical past.
There are numerous tales like these nonetheless being made and thousands and thousands of individuals to share them. All of us would be part of collectively and say, Comfortable Anniversary, Six Flags. We love you!