This book is about the nostalgic memories of the amusement park on the north side of Des Moines that reside with generations of Iowans. Crossing the rickety, wooden bridge to get to the island, the scent of coal cinders from the train, the old-fashioned wooden roller coaster, the antique carousel, the Riviera Ballroom where the big bands played are all things that made a legend of the sedate, old-fashioned nature of Riverview Park.
Bill Kooker was the 3rd generation of his family to manage Riverview Amusement Park in Des Moines, Iowa. His grandfather was one of the original owners. Bill, his grandfather, his uncle and his father all ran Riverview for nearly 50 years, maintaining the life and times of this Iowa Institution. Bill Kooker is considered one of the foremost experts on Riverview and all of it's 63 year history. He does public presentations for groups and interested parties and is also the web master of the official Riverview Park, Des Moines web page.