Chicago's Riverview, once billed as “the world’s largest amusement park,” opened to the public in 1904, and for 63 years millions of people flowed through its gates. The park offered thrill rides, sideshows, skill games, food and music to folks from all walks of life, and especially to children, who flocked there during summer vacations. Riverview survived depressions, two world wars, labor disputes, Prohibition and tough competition from the 1933-34 World’s Fair. Riverview Amusement Park is the story of the park’s growth from 22 acres and 3 rides to 140 acres and more than 100 attractions.
Popular Chicago personality Two Ton Baker, “The Music Maker,” became a spokesman for Riverview, urging folks to come and “Laugh your troubles away at Riverview!” Drawing upon research during 50 years as a journalist, plus her own fond memories, Dolores Haugh tells why people from far and near responded to the invitation.
Softcover, 6 x 9, dozens of photos