Video: Aquarena submarine theater hoisted from Spring Lake
Bobcat Magazine Staff | On 29, May 2012
Contractors working for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on Thursday used an 1,800-ton crane to removed the old submarine theater from Spring Lake in May 2012.
During its height in the 1950s, as many as 250,000 visitors a year trekked to the Aquarena Springs amusement park where Ralph the Swimming Pig and a school of shapely mermaids performed underwater shows for tourists. Texas State University bought the 90-acre site in 1994 and shut down the amusement park not long after.
In February, an earlier attempt to wrest the sunken structure from the bottom of the lake was called off when two smaller cranes weren’t up to the job. The submarine removal is part of Texas State University’s plan to return the headwaters of the San Marcos River to its pre-amusement park state. A second, smaller submarine has yet to be removed from the lake.