Riverview Amusement Park
Dolores Haugh
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ISBN Number: 0738533076
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September 2004

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 closed.

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