People on car 2
of ride 3
of the Pike
The Pike today
& Film of the Pike
Auditorium & Rainbow Pier
AT THE PIKE
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Welcome to The
Pike, its rides and history.
The Pike in Long
Beach, California, from 1902 to 1979.
Visit the Cyclone Racer, Charles I.D.
Looff's carousel, Majestic-Lido
Solve the Elmer McCurdy Murder
Mystery and visit The Plunge.
Pike at Night with the Rainbow Pier in the Background.
Pike, in Long Beach since
1902, had its
beginning as a beach and bath house resort. It was located at the end
of the very fashionable red car
electric line from Los Angeles. Crowds came from all parts
of the country to enjoy the beautiful beaches and bath house and pool.
This area gradually grew into a real old-fashioned amusement park with
fun and games and thrill rides that fit every age group. As the years
passed, the park kept pace with new and modern rides including a
brand-new cyclone racer. But it still retained its old-fashioned air of
the country carnival with fun for all, and no admission fee." (From THE
Imagine going to
Disneyland at the beach,
and it’s free to get in and has no lines. The
Pike was like that and much more in its time. When the silent film
industry started in the 1900’s, The Pike built eight theaters to show
the films. When ballroom dancing became popular, The Pike had
many ballrooms from
which to choose. Whether it was your childhood
memory or your first
date, those lucky enough to have visited it will always remember The
Photographs taken at night in 1959 by Lou Mellencamp
Note: When I was younger back in the
late '40s and early '50s, my brother, Max, and I would take the red car down to the Pike or
Rainbow Pier and spend the day for 10 cents, the hard part being saving
a dime to get back home.
photos, the Queen Mary & Spruce Goose .
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