Six Flags Over Georgia
After the success of his original Six Flags park in Arlington, Texas, park founder Angus Wynne began searching for a location for a second park. He settled upon a parcel of land located along the Chattahoochee River just west of the city of Atlanta, and design work started in 1964. When the park opened in 1967, Six Flags became the first ‘multi-gate’ theme park operator in the United States. Before this time, many parks shared common popular names, like Coney Island or Luna Park, but these parks (save the Luna Parks built and managed by Frederick Ingersoll) shared nothing more than the name. In the case of Six Flags, both parks reported to the same parent company.
Like its sister park in Texas and others, the initial design and theming of Six Flags Over Georgia was inspired by six different flags that have flown over the state (or, perhaps more accurately, the lands that are now part of it) during its history. The six flags in question are those of Spain, France, United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Confederate States of America and the state of Georgia. It can be argued that France’s involvement in Georgia’s history was very limited, at best; it can be further ar-gued that Georgia was never a sovereign nation, as Texas once was. However, with some poetic license, the intent of the name can be considered valid. Over the years most of the original historical themes have been dropped in favor of cartoon and superhero themes.