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Six Flags AstroWorld
Houston, Texas

   Judge Roy Hofheinz (Houston mayor from 1952 to 1955 and former owner of the Houston Astros) opened AstroWorld in 1968.  It had eight themed areas: Alpine Valley, American, Children's World, European Village, Modville, Plaza de Fiesta, Oriental Corner, and Western Junction.  The park was purchased by Six Flags in 1975.  At the end of the 2005 season, the AstroWorld was sold in order to reduce Six Flags' massive debt load. The park was demolished with rides being moved to other Six Flags parks, sold, or scrapped.  (Please click on the pictures below to read about the coaster's fates after the park closed in 2005.)  The amusement park chain believed that rising real estate values in the area make the property worth more without a park on it than with the amusement park.  Six Flags, Incorporated is still highly leveraged with over two billion dollars in debt thanks to its capital expansion and park acquisition spree of the 1990s. 

   Two coasters not shown below have have also left the relatively small 80-acre park:


Batman: The Escape
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Greezed Lightnin'
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Mayan Mindbender
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Serial Thriller
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Serpent
Texas Tornado (formerly Taz's Texas Tornado)
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Texas Cyclone
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Ultra Twister
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Viper
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XLR-8
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