People on car 2
of ride 3
Last Photos of the Pike
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SUMMERTIME AT THE PIKE
Short Stories 1
Background: All About
|Three photos of the Cyclone Racer on its last
day of operation, and during the process of its demolition.
by Tom Moore
was the end of June, 1968, and I had just returned from
I was on the USS Alamo LSD 33 and flew home to Muskegon. MI where I
returned a married man. My
wife and her younger sister joined me later in August, and on September
15, 1968, on a warm evening we went to the Pike. We were
in front of the entrance to the Cyclone and debating whether to take a
ride when the ticket guy hollered to hurry up because it was
to be the last run ever. My wife was too scared to go so I
her sister and what a ride! It was my second time on a roller
coaster; my first was at Cedar Point, Ohio the summer of
1965. Seeing the pictures of the coaster and the Pike bring
back fond memories of that summer.
Bob Rapp, Long Beach Poly Class of 1969, wrote:
The Cyclone Racer's Almost Last Ride
1968, a friend (Eddie Hoke, Class of '68) and I went to the Cyclone and
climbed to the top of the highest point before the big drop. They had
already started tearing the old coaster down. Just after the
bottom of the first drop, the coaster climbed up another small hill.
That is where the demolition crews had stopped for the day. The track
stopped there. If we could only push the cars up that big
we could see the last run of the coaster and have it land on the beach
below. We pushed and pushed, but could only get the cars about 20 feet
up. Boy, were we disappointed!!!!
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