(2007 Standing But Not Open)

Like Warner LeRoy's original vision for Great Adventure, and like Warner LeRoy himself, the Super Teepee was colorful and larger than life.    Designed to be a unique shopping experience featuring Western and Native American crafts, products and jewelry, the building was an authentic tent structure, with huge logs framing a canvas tent skin.


 
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
  As a key element of the park's Rootin' Tootin' Rip Roarin' section, the Super Teepee stood out with its size and color.   Even in the earliest renderings of the larger than life section of the park, the Super Teepee was the focal point of the area.  
     
     
 
 The structure of the Super Teepee seems quite simple, but involved the exact placement of the huge logs to form the structure which would be visible from inside.    The twelve logs were placed at equal distances and fastened at the center, with a decorative cap added to the top along with the colorful canvas skin.

Because the structure was exposed on the inside, the building's air conditioning chiller systems were located beneath Best of the West, with 3 air handlers placed along the walls of the building.   The air conditioning was required to keep the building cool with the heat of the sun beating down on the non-insulated skin.
THE EARLY YEARS
     
     
   
The Super Teepee became on of the symbols of the park and was often featured in photos and souvenirs as an example of the park's unique look.


The shop featured a unique array of merchandise from cheap souvenirs, to expensive jewelry.


 
 
   
   
     
RECENT PICTURES
     
     
     
     
  Throughout the seasons the Super Teepee was an awe inspiring structure, both outside and inside.


Being inside the building with the sunlight coming through the colorful canvas skin was a unique experience.   As big as the Teepee looked from the outside, it felt even larger on the inside.


From the center of the structure hung a ring of lights over the central Totem Pole.  
 
 
   
   
   
     
   


   
Over time the exterior skin of the Super Teepee would wear out, and require replacing.   The last replacement of the skin occurred in 1990.



The biggest changes to Super Teepee over the years have been in the type and variety of merchandise available inside.   Where it was originally a place for Native American crafts and jewelry alongside regular park souvenirs, over time it became more generic in its merchandise selections.



Periodically, more "Western-Style" merchandise was added to the selection, and the decorative elements inside the store reflected the Western/Native American theme of the structure and the surrounding area.



During the Time Warner ownership of Six Flags, a player piano and several other prop elements were added in the Super Teepee as an all out attempt was made at bringing theme elements to the park.
 

   






 
   
 
   
     


Over time, the logs that were exposed to the elements began deteriorating, and one of the log that formed the Teepee's crown was lost due to rot.  


Eventually, the remaining logs would be cut short to eliminate the potential safety hazard.


The remaining log ends rotted further, and began to sprout weeds in the soft cores over time.
   
     
   
     
   
     
THE SUPER TEEPEE IS CLOSED
     
   
     
For the 2007 season, the Super Teepee was closed, as time and the elements took their toll and made it structurally unsafe.


The merchandise and fixtures were removed, and early plans had the Teepee becoming home to the "Brunch with Bugs" program.  


Tables were brought in and work began to re-purpose the landmark structure, but further analysis led to its never re-opening to the public.


The interior was left empty, and occasionally used for storage, but the doors were covered over and planters placed in front of them.   The signs had been removed, and the outside of the structure further deteriorated, with additional rips in the canvas appearing, and further rotting of the wood structure becoming evident.


At the end of the 2007 season,  the fate of the Super Teepee was unknown, but prospects for its future did not look good as the company contended with tight budgets. 
   
   
   
   
     
   
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
   
     
 

 
   
   
     
   
     
THE SUPER TEEPEE IS REMOVED
     
     











Unfortunately a wind storm at the beginning of March 2008 caught the canvas skin and ripped it off of the framework, damaging the exterior beyond repair.


With lack of time with the season starting in less than one month and a lack of funds for repairs or replacement, there was no other choice than to remove the remaining skin, interior walls and structure.




     
     
     
During a construction tour on
March 23rd, 2008, the Super Teepee was just a skeleton, with the inner wall and remaining interior elements removed.


A crane was standing by for removing the remainder of the log structure in the following days.   The two air conditioning handlers would also be removed and the former site cleared prior to the park's April 5th opening day.


The skyline of the Frontier Adventures section of the park will be forever changed without the colorful Super Teepee. 


   
     
POSTCARDS AND MERCHANDISE
     
     
     
  The Super Teepee was featured in many of the park's earliest postcards, and was often featured on other merchandise such as  pennants and even had its own souvenir plate.