About The Author

The story of Riverview spans 63 years and is all told by Bill Kooker. Bill's grandfather was one of the original owners. Bill, his grandfather, his uncle and his father all ran Riverview for a total of nearly 50 years, maintaining the life and times of this Iowa Institution. Bill started working summers at Riverview in 1963. He started by working the clean up crews and progressed over the years to concessionaire, ride operator, office worker, assistant manager, and finally general manager and Secretary and Treasurer on the Board of Directors. Many of Bill's memories and stories of the Park have been shared in this compilation of how it was at Riverview. He is the last of the people living today that can tell the tales