down the main street of the Pike with arcades, shooting
galleries, cotton candy, hot dogs, cafes, and a Ripleys Believe It or
Not type side show and other exhibits.
Street was called " The
Walk of a Thousand Lights"
(Bernard Frydman, aka Frenchy - one of the Pike police officers)
in this 1938 photo that the water has been pushed back from the bath
house (the building center right with the white pillars) with a new
Cyclone Racer roller coaster and other new amusement buildings having
been added. Long Beach and Los Angeles harbors are in the background.
visited The Pike will
remember the Laffing Sal.
A 1955 photo from Roger Newell, San Diego, CA
"A friend and I went to
the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk a couple of weeks ago. They have the
Laffing Sal that was once at Playland at the Beach, and of course one
of her many sisters used to preside at The Pike. I am offering this
video in case you think your site's visitors might like to see one in
action, albeit not the actual one from The Pike. I am also including a
picture of the explanatory sign that accompanies Sal. (The background
music on the video is coming from inside the nearby arcade.)" Photo and video from
Carolyn Comings 5.9.2017
Adams found these photos in their family photo album of their
grandparents taken in the ‘40s and 50’s on Main Street at The Pike.
family has a photo taken in the summer of 1935 of my aunt, Wilma
Griffin, sitting on the "moon" at the Pike amusement center. I
don't know where the "moon" was located on the grounds. My aunt
was 17 at the time. My aunt and her parents (my grandparents) and her 2
brothers (one was my dad) were on a vacation trip from Burlington,
Kansas to California. My grandmother wrote on the back of the photo:
"Wilma Griffin on Pike at Long Beach."
-From Sharon Warman