RiverviewParkIoA[Book: Dolores Haugh – 2004 – 16x23cm – 130 Pages – Many B&W photos]. Every summer from 1904 to 1967, for 63 years, Riverview (Chicago, Illinois) -the world’s largest amusement park- opened its gates to millions of people. For three generations, the Schmidt’s family park offered rides, shows, food and music to all. The park survived depressions, two World Wars, labour disputes, Prohibition and a World’s Fair that threatened to take a great deal of its business. This publication tells the story of Riverview’s growth from 22 acres and three rides to 140 acres and more than 100 attractions. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.

  • Derek Sailors

    Riverview Park was truly one of the big dogs in the U.S. when it came to amusement parks in the early and mid century. Considering Arcadia’s IOA books being limited to 130 pages, the author did a good job of taking so much information and photos of such an impressive park and summarizing it well but this park needs a books of several hundred pages to do it justice. Although good this book did leave me wanting more. I still say it is one you need for your collection. I give it a rating of 6.5/10.