The Bobs (roller coaster)

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The Bobs
The Bobs at Riverview (JJH).jpg
The Bobs
Riverview Park (Chicago)
Coordinates 41°56′26″N 87°41′33″W / 41.940663°N 87.692439°W / 41.940663; -87.692439Coordinates: 41°56′26″N 87°41′33″W / 41.940663°N 87.692439°W / 41.940663; -87.692439
Status Removed
Opening date 1924 (1924)
Closing date 1967 (1967)
Cost $80,000
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Frank Prior and Fredrick Church
Designer Fred Church
Lift/launch system Chain lift hill
Height 87 ft (27 m)
Drop 85 ft (26 m)
Length 3,235 ft (986 m)
Speed 50 mph (80 km/h)
Inversions 0
Capacity 1200 riders per hour
The Bobs at RCDB
Pictures of The Bobs at RCDB

The Bobs was a wooden roller coaster located at Riverview Park in Chicago, Illinois. It was built in 1924 and was demolished with the rest of the park in 1967. The Bobs was built by Frank Prior and Fred Church at a cost of $80,000. The Bobs had a maximum height of 87 feet (27 m), a drop of 85 feet (26 m), and reached speeds of up to 50 miles per hour (80 km/h).[1]

A modernized version called Raging Wolf Bobs was located at the now defunct Geauga Lake in Aurora, Ohio, thought it was not considered as intense as the original. A rollback accident that occurred on the ride resulted in a season-long closure. The Bobs was immortalized in American humorist Jean Shepherd's broadcast on August 26, 1967.


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