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Welcome to The Pike, its rides and history Work.
The Pike in Long Beach, California, from 1902 to 1979.
Visit the Cyclone Racer, Charles I.D. Looff's Carousel, Majestic-Lido Ballroom and other rides.
Solve the Elmer McCurdy Murder Mystery and visit The Plunge.

  The Pike, Long Beach California
The Pike at Night with the Rainbow Pier and Municipal Auditorium in the Background.

"The 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 PIKE PASSBOOK).

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 Pike.

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  Can you help answer some questions about the Pike?


long beach magazine story about The Pike
Story by Jonathan Murrietta on Page 4
long beach magazine link

Good book on The Pike with photos.
The Long Beach Pike: A Collection of Memories Paperback
by Patricia Ann Stockdale (Author)
 on Amazon at:

Please email your stories and photos to Paul at
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 Dennis Morawski, a Long Beach historian, video about The Long Beach Pike on YouTube.  Please click on the link below to view:

YouTube video on old Southern California
Things That Aren't Here Anymore with Ralph Story KCET PBS
I was a big fan of Ralph Story. His YouTube video has only a little on "The Pike"; it's mostly on LA and Southern California, but for those of us who enjoy looking back in time, now and then it's great.

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Webmaster 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.


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