Monday, February 06, 2012

Chicago's Riverview Park. (Gone.) 1904-1967.

I found this historic photograph from Chicago's Riverview Park on the internet recently.

Chicago's Riverview Park amusement park, existed from 1904 until 1967.

A holdover from the 1930's era of streamlining and art deco styling, was the Silver Flash roler coaster. This covered streamlined roller coaster train, was modeled after the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad #9900 Pioneer Zephyr streamlined 3 unit articulated passenger train from 1934, wich is preserved and on display since 1960 at The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.

Here is a 1960's era color photo of the Silver Flash in the boarding station at night.

Riverview Park was located on North Western Avenue, and was surrounded by West Belmont Avenue to the south, the north branch of the Chicago River to the west, and West Roscoe Street to the north.

Today, this is the site of a large outdoor retail strip mall and Chicago Police Department station.

Eddie K.

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