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Six Flags Great America, pre-Six Flags.




The larger sky ride was called the Southern Cross, which was built in 1977, only one year after the park opened. It started next to Orleans Orbit, and went out to where Raging Bull is now. A second station for the ride was planed for the new "Great Southwest" area of the park for 1979. Unfortnately, the Great Southwest plan fell through, and the Southern Cross existed it's whole life with just one station. Without a second station, the Southern Cross's main purpouse deteriated, and led to the ride's demise. Even though a Southwest themed area did eventualy emerge at GA in 1996, the Souther Cross was long gone, having since been removed in 1982.


There's a lot more great pictures of Southern Cross (as well as a complete representation of early Marriot's Great America) here


There's lots to be seen in these pictures, including shots of the Sky Wheel, several other defunct rides, and the Turn of the Century before and after the Demon remodel.


Oh, and BTW, the other park with a 2nd overlaping sky ride was Six Flags Over Georgia


Here's the full picture.

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