Chicago, IL Riverview Park Fire, Jul 1911

Chicago Amusement Park Badly Scorched

Chicago, July 1.-Riverview Park, one of the largest amusement places in the west, was threatened with destruction by fire, believed to be of incendiary origin, early today. Half a dozen concessions were destroyed with an estimated loss of $20,000.

The fire started in a vacant store just outside the park and spread inside the grounds.

Miss Anna West, night nurse in the baby incubator show, who was sleeping on the grounds, was the first to give the alarm. She succeeded in removing her 10 charges to a place of safety before the blaze gained headway.

The flames burned down a telegraph post carrying with it electric and telephone wires and for some time the district was in darkness as a result.

Duluth News-Tribune, Duluth, MN 3 Jul 1911