One of the most recent recipients of ACE Roller Coaster Landmark status was a highlight of Coaster Con XXXIX. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this season, Screamin' Eagle still remains the signature ride in Six Flags St. Louis' collection. The park was known as Six Flags Over Mid-America when the ride made its debut.
At the time it was built, Screamin' Eagle was the longest and tallest wooden coaster in the country. Its perfect placement in the hills of Eureka, Missouri, not only become an icon to motorists on I-44, but a quintessential example of what an out-and-back coaster could be. Over time, surrounding trees have continued to grow taller, further secluding the ride's secrets and marvelous setting.
John Allen of Philadelphia Toboggan Company had been wanting to retire. Unfortunately, the world of theme parks would not let him. The coaster designer continued to create rides in the earlier part of the 1970s. Alas, Screamin' Eagle, which opened in 1976, would indeed be his last. Bidding his farewell to the coaster world, Allen did confess that this last coaster was indeed his favorite.
The wooden legend's lift hill rises 110 feet. After a thrilling swoop turn, the trains plunge into the first drop. Notably, this is not the biggest drop on the ride. That distinction belongs to the third drop which takes advantage of the terrain to create a 92-foot drop, further speeding riders into the depths of the backwoods. The dogleg layout of the coaster configuration features both flat and banked turns. Combined with exhilarating airtime, there is no question as to why this ride continues to be a long beloved favorite.