What happened to the old Long Beach Pike Park?

old Long Beach Pike

Not the Old Long Beach Pike…just a parking lot.

The Pike in Long Beach, currently a small area located across from the convention center with several restaurants and a few stores. Many people may not know why the facade of the parking has the style of an old building. It’s a reminder of what was, a large amusement park area with the largest roller coaster of it’s time, the Cyclone.

The Pike ran from 1902-1979, the Cyclone closed in the late 1960’s. As a kid in the early 70’s, I recall visiting the Pike, by then it was old and run down. Attendance was always low and seems it was used more often by the filming studios for shows like The Six Million Dollar Man and Starky & Hutch.

This site gives a nice overview of the Pike’s history, with photos and personal memories of this once magical place. It even includes the story of the dead body discovered on a ride during the filming of the Six Million Dollar Man, a news story I recall as a young child.

Ramon Ambriz

Ramon has been an avid photographer for over 20 years. He runs and contributes to several photography sites including OCSurfPix.com,  Coolest-Travel-Pictures and OCPix. His main expertise is in advertising and online marketing but photography has always remained a top priority.

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