The year was 1943. The man was named Roger Minor. It was the grand opening of a park that would soon become great.
Roger was a graduate of Oregon University. He was a fairly successful businessman and every year he would take a visit to a different amusement park during the summer. Roger loved watching the people having fun, and especially loved the nighttime midway and boardwalk feeling. His son, Morris, also became interested in amusement parks in 1941. He once petitioned to his father that they should build one of their own amusement parks in 1942. Then, suddenly, Roger's business boomed and he was given a great quantity of money. Money that he really didn't need. So, he bought some nearby land, and set plans for an amusement park in this area. He and a few other men in his business soon contacted investors and the park took shape. Somehow, they knew the park would be a great success.
Minor Family Park opened on Roger's 51st birthday. It had a main midway, which contained games, shops, a small Ferris Wheel, and one wooden coaster named "The Oregon Duck."
Sadly, in 1968, Roger died at the age of 76. The man whom he nominated to take over as president was his vice president, Harrison Schwartz. He quickly gave up the park in 1970 to Morris Minor, after virtually no gain and guests' loss of interest in the park. Things were really looking bad.
The "M.M." era, or Morris Minor era, was the greatest period of expansion for Minor Family Park. As soon as he arrived in 1971, he announced the first new roller coaster at the park, "Crazy Mouse". Then, in 1975, he promised the park patrons that a coaster that "goes upside down", will come to Minor Family park before 1980. By mid-season 1978, construction of a Schwarzkopf shuttle looper was completed. It was named "Lightnin' Looper". He also petitioned for retracking of The Oregon Duck due to complaints about roughness. Morris then opened a memorial to his father, Roger Minor Hall, which included a section of track from The Oregon Duck as a display. Days before his retirement, in 1982, he showed off blueprints for a whole new section of the park. He handed the park over to his trusted childhood friend, Charles Anderson, a graduate of the Oregon State University, who he hired as a financial advisor for the park.
Unfortunately, by 1988, the park was lacking in attendance and was quickly losing money. Locals and park patrons wanted Anderson out. They were irate in 1986 when both Lightnin' Looper and Crazy Mouse were taken down. They made objections to the changing of the name of The Oregon Duck to The Quacker. Anderson made a sad announcement that the park would not be operating for the 1989 summer. The park sat for an entire year.
Then, in a major swing of buying, Six Flags purchased the park. They renamed it Six Flags Oregon after getting permission from Morris Minor. Due to popular demand, The Quacker was named The Oregon Duck once more. Anderson was relieved. Six Flags knew they would have to make great changes to make money and draw more guests. Immediately, in 1991, they announced the opening of a 182 ft. tall Arrow Dynamics Hyper Coaster named "The Meanie". The guests loved it. The park boomed. In 1994, they unveiled another Arrow, called The Firebird, which was the first inverted coaster at the park. It was a suspended swinging coaster. Back again in 1997, Six Flags promised another coaster, this one called The Aquahawk. It was a Vekoma Invert, which also set a park milestone; the first coaster to have inversions since Lightnin' Looper.
In 2002, Six Flags introduced a theme to the parků Warner Brothers. The Firebird was completely repainted to red, yellow, and blue, and named Superman: Final Flight.
In 2005, a coaster was relocated to Six Flags Oregon. The coaster had originally opened in 2001 and was a B&M Sit Down. It was named Insanium, and repainted. Insanium crushed Aquahawk's inversion record of 5, and made it 8.
In 2009, the park began once again losing money. On New Year's Day, 2010, the park executives announced that they had discussed with Intamin and had planned the biggest thrill yet for the park. Mid-season 2012 is the date that is said to bring one of the fastest coasters in the world to Six Flags. Morris Minor saved the park in the 70's and Six Flags saved the park in the 90's. The park was resurrected from little money and interest before, and it's ready to save itself again.
Screenshots coming soon!!!
EDIT: Screenshots are here!
Edited by kingsislandfan, 23 June 2010 - 08:54 PM.