What were Riverview's coasters?

Saturday, December 1, 2001 11:06 AM
What coasters existed at Riverview in Chicago? What has Riverview like?


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Saturday, December 1, 2001 5:01 PM
My grandma is an expert on this subject. Off the top of my head, I can think of these that she's talked about.

Bobs: The biggest & baddest woodie there
Flying Turns: A bobsled
Greyhound: Little kid's woodie
Fireball: Woodie

Thats all I can think of off the top of my head. The park also had a parachute drop, the original I belive. It was built around an old observation tower. There was a freak show, a fun house, and of course a whip. There was a rotor too. And a strange ride I have no clue what it is called they had was a thing which sounds like a Ring of Fire, but not really. My grandma said you are in a big circular thingie, and it spins, and your car rocks back and forth. Theres a pedal which will make you spin with the main structure instead of rock if you push it. Lastly all I can think of is they had a loop-o-plane... or some kind of -o-plane. Not 100% sure if my grandma said it was a loop-o or not.

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Saturday, December 1, 2001 6:31 PM
That ride sounds like a Chance Skydiver, and the time period fits. The first Skydivers appeared in around 1960, and Riverview lasted until 1960.

The Skydiver sounds like it meets the description.

Here's a pic.

Saturday, December 1, 2001 6:50 PM
The Jetstream replaced the Greyhound in the latter part of the 60's.  There was also the Silver Streak, a Wild Mouse, The Flash, Blue Streak, the Comet.  Some of these were replaced by rc's like the Fireball and so on.  In 1929 that had 87 coasters, not all of them noteworthy for the book, "Riverview: Gone But Not Forgotten" by Chuck Wlodarczyk
Saturday, December 1, 2001 6:51 PM
I meant 8 coasters not 87.  Oops
Saturday, December 1, 2001 7:15 PM
Riverview had 7 coasters when it closed in 1967
Bobs - legendary twister with millenium flyer type cars by Prior & Church
Flash - Out and back w/covered cars
Fireball - Steep first drop into a undeground tunnel
Comet - 17 hill out and back w/covered cars
Flying Turns - previously at the Chicago Century of Progress World Fair
Jetstream - Mild, but full size coaster designed by John Allen in 1964
Wild Mouse - first generation installed in 1958
Yes they had a loop-o-plane (also know as a roll-plane), They did NOT have a Chance Skydiver.  The main fun house was Aladdin's Castle which had a maze of doors, dark corridors, a rotating barrel and things that go bump in the dark.  Other classic rides were Chute-the-chutes, Tunnel of love, Catepillar, Boomerang and many others.  The Carousel (which is now at SGoG) was installed in1908 by PTC and featured 5 rows of horses.
Riverview was a wonderful, magical place which I will always remember.

*** This post was edited by Riverview Mike on 12/2/2001. ***

Saturday, December 1, 2001 7:16 PM
there was a movie of the park at my local library it was pretty good they had on ride movies and showed alot about all of the rides and from i belive the 20s up til its closing
Saturday, December 1, 2001 7:25 PM

Riverview Mike said:
 They did NOT have a Chance Skydiver. 


I stand corrected.

Saturday, December 1, 2001 7:25 PM

I drove by Western and Addison last Tuesday.
Man, I really wish that park was still there. I wasn't even born yet when it closed :(

Current favorite coasters:
Wooden: 1) Beast 2) Raven 3) Son of Beast 4) The Boss 5) Timber Wolf
Steel: 1) Raging Bull 2) Millennium Force 3) V2 4) Wild Thing 5) Mr. Freeze

Saturday, December 1, 2001 7:26 PM
Wasn't there a ride called Silver Streak? I think I remember it had silver enclosed cars. I am not sure, but I thought it was changed a few times and it finally came to be fireball.
Saturday, December 1, 2001 8:04 PM

SFGA2001 said:
Wasn't there a ride called Silver Streak? I think I remember it had silver enclosed cars. I am not sure, but I thought it was changed a few times and it finally came to be fireball.

The Fireball was originally the Skyrocket and then the Blue Streak before being remodeled into the Fireball in 1959.  The Flash was called the Silver Flash from 1938 to 1960.



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