Summer Dreams: The Story of Bob-Lo Island Paperback – Apr 9 2008
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"Patrick Livingston has written the complete book on Bob-Lo, from the well-known subjects of amusement rides and river cruises to the lesser-known tales of racism, insolvency, and rowdy motorcycle gangs. Summer Dreams is smart, informative, and a great addition to anyone's local history bookshelf." - Bill McGraw, Detroit Free Press columnist and co-editor of The Detroit Almanac"
About the Author
Patrick Livingston is the author of Eight Steamboats (Wayne State University Press, 2004) and a former agent with Michigan State University Extension and Michigan Sea Grant. He is currently involved with the Great Lakes Education Program on the Detroit River and a project linking teachers from Nepal and Michigan in water-quality analysis and information sharing.
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In Summer Dreams: The Story of Bob-Lo Island, Patrick Livingston reveals the island's fascinating history, from the British occupation of the island in 1783 to its development as an amusement park and its current reincarnation as a resort community. More than just a glossy nostalgia trip, Summer Dreams also exposes the back story of racism, youth gangs and mismanagement of the island.
Livingston not only captures the glory years of Bob-Lo with its many amusement rides and attractions, he goes behind the scenes to reveal the inner workings of both the island and the famed steamers used to ferry patrons to and from the island. Also featured are a handful of essays written by people with first hand knowledge of the island and more than a hundred vintage photographs and illustrations. Summer Dreams: The Story of Bob-Lo Island is recommended to anyone who has pleasant memories of riding the Thunderbolt, enjoying a picnic lunch on the immaculately kept grounds or stealing a kiss from your best girl on the Moonlight Cruise.
EXELLENT history of the park from start to finish as far as who owned it, what they did with it, what happened when it (frequently) changed hands.
Leaves a few questions unanswered, and in my opinion, could have been more forthcoming with information about the boats and their current, sad status.
Could have used more pictures, particularly from its most popular amusement park period from the 70's through the 90's.
Nevertheless, if you ever enjoyed going to Bo-Lo and are curious about the goings-on of its history, it's a good read.
The book takes on a very complete and accurate history of not only the amusement park, but of the island as well.
A must have for any amusement park, coaster enthusiast, or someone just wanting to take a trip down memory lane.
Sad to see it gone.