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The Ralph Brock Collection - Six Flags and JFK Memorial

Ralph Brock

Silent | 1960s

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  •  El Aserradero, the first ever log flume attraction in the world 
  •  Taking a ride on the Sky Hook 
  •  Visiting the site of the JFK assassination 
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This home movie from the 1960s, likely shot in 1964, captures the Brock family on a trip to northeast Texas. First, the family visits the original Six Flags Over Texas amusement park in Arlington. The footage focuses on two attractions, El Aserradero and Sky Hook. Opening in 1963, El Aserradero was the first ever log flume ride in the world. Still in operation today, it has become the fourth oldest attraction in the park. After Six Flags, the Brocks venture to Dealey Plaza in Dallas, the site of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The footage captures a memorial for the late president as well as shots of the Texas School Book Depository, the building from which sniper Lee Harvey Oswald made the fatal shot.