Every summer from 1904 to 1967, for 63
years, Riverview — the world’s largest amusement park — opened its
gates to millions of people from all walks of life. For three
generations, the Schmidt’s family park offered rides, shows, food,
and music to men, women, and especially children. Riverview survived
depressions, two World Wars, labour disputes, Prohibition, and a
World’s Fair that threatened to take a great deal of its business.
Riverview Amusement Park tells the
story of Riverview’s growth from 22 acres and three rides to 140
acres and more than 100 attractions.
About the author
Dolores Haugh has been a journalist
for more than 50 years. She was named “Woman of the Year” by the
Illinois Women’s Press Association and a “Living Legend” by the
Village of Mount Prospect. A founding member, past president, and
director emeritus of the Mount Prospect Historical Society, she
established three museums and many civic organizations. Riverview
has been her favourite research project since 1967 when the park
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