"This pamphlet of the plunge was
done about 1933 or so. The lifeguard (Allen Warrick) is holding the hand of
my mother. My mother was then know as
Barbara Rose and at that time was Miss Junior Long Beach. She
had done many promotional things in that period". (From
Paul Fleming for more on Paul and Lee's BBQ see the "Pike Personnel" page)
Vacuum Cleaning Free of Dust
cleaning is just another dusty job to most folks, but to Allen Warrick
it means a soaking under nine feet of water. When he runs a
vacuum machine over the floor of the largest swimming pool in Long
Beach he wears a diving helmet and breathes air under pressure,
supplied through a hose. Here he is seen at work in the depths,
with his air hose, vacuum-cleaning hose and bubbles all about
him. The photo was taken from a platform ten feet above the
From the Press-Telegram Photo
For my Dad---Allen Warrick
was one of the lucky ones who grew up with the pike and the plunge.
When I was born (36), my Dad was a lifeguard at the pike. In the summer
times he worked the ocean,
and in the winter, he worked the plunge.
Doing those years, he was the one that took the temperature of the
ocean and he spent years vacuum cleaning the plunge floor. As a matter
of fact, that is my Dad that is holding Barbara Rose's hand in the
plunge picture above. During the years that I can start remembering
(the 40's), My Dad was the Manager of the plunge. Those were great
years for me, as they were for my Brother and Sister. The pike was our
second home. My sister and I spent many years there. We now both wonder
how we survived without drowning, as we had the run of the ocean
and plunge. At that time, Bunny Miller was the lifeguard at the plunge
and my sis and I were so in love. We both wanted to grow up and marry
I will never forget those days and wish I could do them again.
We would also still have our Dad who we lost in 1992. I'm lucky that I
still have my Mother, and she can remember all the things that I have
forgotten, and she still had the articles from the papers.
(Photos from the Long Beach Press-Telegram and Life magazine).
Jeri Maye Warrick
Plunge at the Pike in the 1950s had a large indoor swimming pool.
Plunge, originally called the Bath House, in the early 1900s
Note early slide ride on right
Photos of the Old Plunge and plaque on new
fountain from the Pike as it is today.
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