Riverview is gone,
but not forgotten. In the spring of 1967 it opened for what
was to be its last season. It closed its gates, as always,
on Labor Day evening, supposedly to open again in May, 1968, for
its 65th season. In fact, the license had been purchased
that fall for the 65th season and also the new sign had been
painted and put up showing the opening date in 1968.
No one knows for sure why the park closed. Some feel that
racial problems closed the park, some say that the stockholders
were offered a good deal and didn't want to pass it up.
Whatever the reason, Riverview was sold to the dismay and sadness
of millions. The park was sold for approximately $6.5
million on October 3, 1967, and never reopened.
Interestingly enough today that $6.5 million could not even
rebuild the Bobs roller coaster.
Whatever reasons are given for the destruction of an era, the over
200 million visitors to Riverview Park will never forget the good
times they enjoyed there. Riverview is gone, but is not
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