In 1976: Six Flags St. Louis opens Screamin' Eagle

Posted Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:46 AM | Contributed by Jeff

On April 10, 1976, the longest, fastest and largest roller coaster ride in the world made its debut at Six Flags St Louis. The Screamin' Eagle burst through the Bicentennial year and into the history books by plunging its passengers down a 100-foot drop and throwing them around the track at more than 60 miles per hour.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: photos and video.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:53 AM

I have always enjoyed this coaster. Was my first “big” coaster.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 12:33 PM

One of these days I'll get there. I believe this was John Allen's last coaster, unless you count the consulting work he did on The Beast?

By today's standards this isn't a large ride, but in photos it still looks massive. And beautiful.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019 5:46 PM

Red, white, and blue has always appeared to me as the perfect color scheme for wooden coasters.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:34 AM

Picture #19 has the most stereotypical 1970s people I've ever seen.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019 11:21 AM

Ha! I thought the same thing.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019 11:53 AM

Damn hippies.

(Read that in my Dad’s voice)

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Thursday, April 11, 2019 1:08 PM

kpjb said:

Picture #19 has the most stereotypical 1970s people I've ever seen.

Clicked through because of this comment.

Was not disappointed.

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Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:35 PM

That wasn't a still from the movie Dazed and Confused?

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Sunday, April 21, 2019 5:03 PM

It's really a beautiful ride and the 70s greatness in picture 19 was a hell of a flashback! Thanks for sharing.

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