Slowly But Surely, One Piece At a Time, Six Flags' Texas Giant is Coming Down
|Photos by Patrick Michels|
|After dishing out 19 years of memories and spinal trauma, the Texas Giant finally got what's coming to it this morning.|
|Six Flags maintenance man Dannie Lancaster|
"It's something we're gonna miss," Lancaster says, though after a dozen years of sweltering climbs weighed down by a heavy homemade leather tool belt, he's thankful the replacement ride -- a wood and metal hybrid -- should need less work.
|This was probably a weight-bearing element|
Crews have also removed much of the track already, one section at a time. According to numbers from Six Flags press office, the old ride was built from one million feet of Southern Yellow Pine, held together by 10 tons of nails, more than 80 tons of bolts and 1,220 concrete piers.