Sunday, July 2, 2023

Riverside (Amusement) Park, Havana, Illinois. (1904-1967)

Riverside Park was located in Havana, Illinois, along the Illinois River. It opened in 1904, featuring a variety of rides and attractions.
The "Midway" is a 'street' or lane with one or both sides having concession after concession with games of chance, refreshments, souvenirs, a beer garden, and 

The wooden roller coaster, the "Bass Bullet," was built in 1920 with three drops and a white-knuckle top speed of 30 mph. Other attractions included a carousel, kiddie rides, a dance hall, a concession stand and a picnic area. 
This photo is a visual aid.

The Riverside Grille served American fare overlooking the Illinois River. The Grille is well known for miles for the freshly caught Illinois River Black Bass with our recipes. Riverside Park hosted various events throughout the season, including company/family picnics, concerts, and weekend Fairs and Festivals. 

The park closed in 1967 due to financial difficulties. The land was later sold and developed into a housing subdivision.

Compiled by Dr. Neil Gale, Ph.D.

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