Most are now buried in Chicago area cemeteries, among our own families, and everyday Chicagoans. They are unusual and memorable people who once walked the midway, riverwalk and bowery of Riverview Amusement Park on Chicago’s North side. Sadly they now exist only in our memories.
Just like real ghosts, they came in and out of our lives almost at will. Even when they were alive, they could only appear to us after the second Friday of May, only to disappear in October. Some, but not all, would then would reappear the following May to amuse and entertain us once again. Others not so lucky. So while they walked among us, their only job between July 2, 1904 until the fall of 1967 was to help millions of us Chicagoans enjoy summer days and nights. Continue reading “Ghosts of Riverview Park”
After a long summer of unintended silence on this website, I hope to again post new and interesting blogs in the coming weeks and months. I start off by reposting the October 8 1871 injustice done to Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, blamed for starting the Chicago Fire. A travesty indeed.
I have so much information and stories to share regarding Chicago and Cook County Cemeteries , those buried within, and related topics. I do apologize for the quiet, but I cannot find enough hours in the day to work on all my genealogy and cemetery projects.
Fell free to browse through my stories that I have published in the last year. Most are timeless and you should find one or more of interest. The story of lost Cook County Cemetery at Dunning, rediscovered in 1989 is well worth reading. You can find the Chicago Reader feature article by Harold Henderson here:
While I begin writing new blogs and if you are hitting a brick wall looking for the death or burial of someone in your family (preferable in the Chicago area) I may be able to help find that person. Write me with as much information as you can about the person and I will give it a try as time permits.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I do not charge for my research other than maybe one to two Oreo Doublestuf cookies.
Happy reading, Barry Fleig