Great 1976 pics

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Great 1976 pics

Post by yankee Clipper91 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 4:50 pm

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RIP Sky Whirl (1976-2000)

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Post by yankee Clipper91 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:08 pm

Here is one of southern cross (Gurnee)
http://flickr.com/photos/mugsy/234372233/
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Post by yankee Clipper91 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:10 pm

Some of sky whirl in the 80's (Santa Clara)
http://flickr.com/photos/djdamian/76640 ... 813582913/
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Post by Glorfindel7 » Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:41 pm

Very nice.... nice pictures of the Spinnaker ... always wondered what that looked like.... :)

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Post by Demonlover13 » Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:14 pm

Me too. I thought it was something more like Hay Baler.
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Post by Glorfindel7 » Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:28 pm

Hard to believe that the Spinnaker ride only lasted a year (I think it was gone in '77?)

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Post by yankee Clipper91 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 1:56 pm

Yeah wonder where the ride went would be dumb to scrap the ride if it was brand new basically. I was surprised to find those great pics on filckr.
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Post by TripplePlay93 » Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:47 pm

I think I saw parts from Spinnaker in the employee parking lot when I picked up my Paycheck for Discovery classes today.
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Post by WhizzerSFGAm » Sat Feb 07, 2009 4:57 pm

^ Don't know what you saw, but I would highly doubt what was then a 2 year old ride would have been allowed to sit in a parking lot rusting for 31 years.
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Post by Demonlover13 » Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:40 pm

^I'm very sure it was sold off and sold off quickly.
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Post by TripplePlay93 » Sat Feb 07, 2009 8:39 pm

No I think there are some parts from it, like the lights and stuff from around the center, thats all not the whole thing, Next time I head up there (March 8 ) I'll take a picture of it.
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Post by jimmy gimbels » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:28 pm

There are lots of interesting pieces of this and that in the graveyard located at the west end of the employee parking lot. My favorites are the old totem poles. But you are right, there are pieces that look like could have been from the spinnaker. There are many old Marriott treasures scattered around the park. The SFGA folks just dump things where ever there is space. All types of old push carts behind Trudy's Sweet Shop.

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Post by Demonlover13 » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:31 pm

Let's not forget Power dive remains rotting away.
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Post by GreatAmerica4ever » Sat Feb 07, 2009 10:10 pm

Thanks for sharing the '76 pictures. I just love looking at the clothes of the park guests especially all of the polyester!! It is great to see how small the shrubs and trees are throughout the park when it first openned!!

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Post by MGA1 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:04 pm

Blast from the Past! Great Pictures. I, too, noticed how small all the trees are and the abundance of polyester clothing...hello '70s Show. It's funny to see that the park still looks much the same today but the people in those photos are now senior citizens and probably take their grandchildren to the park.
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