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    Posted July 22, 2014 by
    CaptainBert
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    Chicago, Illinois
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    Vintage theme parks

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    Riverview Park 1957

     
    Riverview Park was every kids dream destination in the first half of the 20th century. It operated from 1904 to 1967 and was located on Chicago's North Side. Great Roller Coaters like the Bobs and The Fireball, Alladin's Castle, heat drenched in the hot summer months, Flying Cars for the teenagers, Hades, Shoot the Chutes and the forbidden Freak Show all combined to produce a one of a kind park.

    In 1957, my older brother Bob who at that time was a Journalism Major at Northwestern University's Medill School came home and asked my Mom if he could use me for a Photo-Journalism assignment and she agreed and I love her always for that.

    The plan was to take me to Riverview Amusement Park in Chicago at night, a spur of the moment kind of thing.

    My Mom agreed and I went on an adventure that few kids ever had the chance to experience, Riverview at night without my parents!

    My brother bought me a Captain's Hat and I won the tackle box I am carrying around at Bingo. The pictures of me walking down the ramp and on the rollers were in the magical Aladdin's Castle. My mom saved the 8 x 10 glossies all these years to my great happiness.

    To this day, I remember that night vividly, an excursion into fantasy.
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