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Summer Dreams: The Story of Bob-Lo Island Paperback – Apr 9 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State Univ Pr (April 9 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814333656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814333655
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #772,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa956f060) out of 5 stars Bob-Lo Island- the original "Three Hour Tour." Sept. 4 2008
By Edward Golick - Published on
Format: Paperback
Bob-lo Island is now home to dozens of luxury homes and condominiums for the well to do, but for nearly one hundred years it was Everyman's playground. Located eighteen miles south of Detroit and just west of Amherstburg, the island was Detroit and Windsor's favorite summertime destination.

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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8fa9780) out of 5 stars Thorough, yet not April 30 2011
By Camille G. - Published on
Format: Paperback
As a downriver rat who spent many summers anticipating the trip to Bo-Lo, I read this with rapt enthusiasm. My sister worked for AAA Michigan, who bought it in 1983 and owned it for a few years. We got to go free every year, and it was a blast.

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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa8fa9dc8) out of 5 stars Boblo memories June 2 2010
By R. Stephen Franks - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I grew up visiting Boblo Island every year with my grandmother. The boat rides were as great as the park. It is a part of my best childhood memories.

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.
HASH(0xa8fa55ac) out of 5 stars it looks to be a good story about a place that will only live in ... Oct. 20 2014
By S.T.D - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This book was just as described, very little looks to be a good story about a place that will only live in our memories now...this book came with an additional bonus as it was a signed copy...I am very pleased with this transaction...
HASH(0xa8fa578c) out of 5 stars Too bad I never got a chance to go there before ... Oct. 6 2014
By Robert Rasmussen - Published on
Format: Paperback
Just finished the book. Interesting how they had to deal with Canada & the US. governments. Too bad I never got a chance to go there before it closed. but we were still living in S.F. at the time. Thanks again.