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Note: The line of black "trees" before the snow-caped mountains is actually a line of old wooden oil derricks on Signal Hill.

Letti Randles, Long Beach Polytechnic Class of 1937, wrote:

My family lived on California Avenue near 19th Stret, and the railroad tracks ran down the center of California on a mound that divided the street. The huge boulders and rocks that were used to build the Rainbow Pier were hauled on the freight train past my house and down Alamitos to Ocean Avenue and the pier site. We watched the Pier being constructed and the Municipal Auditorium go up. It was fun when they finally finished and we were able to ride the little boats around in the lagoon.

 

 

 

"The Spit and Argue Club"on Rainbow Pier (before the days of talk radio).

 

 

When my father bought our first car, we were treated to rides on the road that went around the circumference of the pier. It was sad to watch the lagoon gradually fill up with sand by the ocean breaking over the pier, over the years. It has been years now since I have seen it, so I always like to remember the way it was.

Letti


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