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Austell Snapshot

Austell has the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of a small southern town. Strategically located in southwest Cobb County, Austell is eighteen miles away from Atlanta, ten miles from Marietta and only minutes away from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport … gateway to the world.

Regional commercial and industrial complexes as well as cultural, recreational, and leisure activities are within easy driving distance for Austell residents. Vacations in North Georgia’s mountains or along Georgia’s coast and the Golden Isles are only a few hours away.

The public schools in Austell are part of the nationally acclaimed Cobb County School District, and they offer excellent opportunities for learning to students K – 12. Additionally, universities, colleges and technical schools in the immediate area provide exceptional opportunities for advanced education.

After the success of his original Six Flags park in Arlington, Texas, park founder Angus Wynne began searching for a location for a second park. He settled upon a parcel of land located along the Chattahoochee River just west of the city of Atlanta near Austell,and design work started in 1963. When the park opened in 1967, Six Flags became the first ‘multi-gate’ theme park operator in the United States.

Like its sister park in Texas and others, the initial design and theming of Six Flags Over Georgia was inspired by six different flags that have flown over the state (or, perhaps more accurately, the lands that are now part of it) during its history. The six flags in question are those of Spain, France, United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Confederate States of America and the state of Georgia. It can be argued that France’s involvement in Georgia’s history was very limited, at best; it can be further argued that Georgia was never a sovereign nation, as Texas once was. However, with some poetic license, the intent of the name can be considered valid.