Remembering Astroworld

General discussion about Marriott's GREAT AMERICA
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Post by JW65 » Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:55 pm

Hey all you Astroworld fans, here are some old pictures from Astroworld. I really enjoyed looking at them, especially the ones of Astrowheel.

http://www.mikerobinson.net/oldsfaw.htm

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Post by that_guy » Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:01 pm

Thanks for Sharing have been looking for pictures :D Is it yours?

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Post by RandyV » Tue Nov 22, 2005 8:02 pm

Never visited Astroworld, but I can only imagine the anguish the former employees and guests are feeling. Could you all imagine sitting around watching one of the Great America parks being dismantled?

Living in Denver, I had the unfortunate experience of watching the original Elitch Gardens fall. It was heartbreaking. Elitch's was a park that had been around for decades and had a lot of charm. The new park, while "nice" certainly doesn't have the same ambiance as the original. Sorry to see this happening to the folks down in Houston ...
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Post by that_guy » Wed Nov 23, 2005 8:31 am

It seems sad that, like the Sky Whirl cabins, the Astrowheel cabins were left to rot after the ride was gone.

http://www.mikerobinson.net/PA150013.jpg

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Post by jonrev » Thu Nov 24, 2005 11:59 am

:shock: How long have those been there and are they still there?
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Post by JW65 » Fri Nov 25, 2005 8:06 pm

Jonrev,

Those Astrowheel cabins were probably removed as they have been dismanteling Astroworld.

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Post by redfishpaw » Fri Nov 25, 2005 10:04 pm

JW65 wrote:Jonrev,

Those Astrowheel cabins were probably removed as they have been dismanteling Astroworld.
The astrowheel ride was removed years ago

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Post by JW65 » Mon Nov 28, 2005 11:29 am

I should have clarified. I meant this one cabin that was preserved and put near its old location. It was undoubtedly removed during dismanteling.

http://www.mikerobinson.net/DSC00022.JPG

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Post by that_guy » Mon Nov 28, 2005 5:22 pm

Why was it put there?

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Post by steven » Tue Nov 29, 2005 10:32 pm

I have some information about the Astrowheel cabins. Those seen in photos with several of them sitting around in the grass are located on the property of a (former?) Astroworld employee. The photos are seen in this thread:
http://www.sixflagshouston.com/forums/v ... .php?t=628.

The cabin that was in the photo inside the park was sitting next to what was originally the Astrowheel entrance and queue house. Evidently, the park had placed it there as a bit of history to share with "modern-day" visitors.

I last visited Astroworld in 1998 for its 30th Anniversary special event. At that time, I learned that several of the old Astrowheel cabins were located next to the employee parking lot. They served as seating for an employee drop-off / pickup area. I took some photos of them at that location. At the time, they had no color. All the paint had faded. Whenever I find those photos, I'll scan one or two and post them (not likely any time soon).

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Post by JW65 » Wed Nov 30, 2005 8:12 am

Thanks, Steven.

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Ride sign from Texas Cyclone

Post by BrianPlencner » Sun Jan 15, 2006 6:08 pm

Everyone,

At ACE's No Coaster Con event yesterday, Six Flags Great America was able to get a hold of a sign from the Texas Cyclone, which will be donated to the ACE muesume.

Below is a picture of the sign


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SFGAm Employee: 1988-1992

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Post by that_guy » Sun Jan 15, 2006 7:06 pm

I always wonder, why do they ask you to hold on to your lap bar?

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Post by JW65 » Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:05 pm

There are a lot of items listed on Ebay for Astroworld right now. Take a look. Here is an auction for pictures of Astrowheel.

http://cgi.ebay.com/EARLY-ASTROWORLD-ME ... dZViewItem

They look to be from the late 1960s or early 1970s.

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