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The Long Beach Pike

The Pike amusement park was officially opened on the beach in Long Beach on July 4, 1902. Also known as the "Walk of a Thousand Lights," it became one of the most popular amusement parks on the west coast. After World War II, it was expanded and renamed Nu-Pike. It was closed in 1979.

These postcards are from the Museum's extensive collection. These and many other Pike postcards are collected in the Souvenir Picture Postcard Album of the Long Beach Pike, Album Number Two, available at Long Beach bookstores or through the Museum.

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photo of Walk of a Thousand Lights
photo of Pike and ride
photo of Bath House
Walk of a Thousand Lights

Pike, with Bisby's Spiral Airship, a 1915 Thrill Ride

Bath House 1910

photo of beach and slide
photo of roller coaster
photo of view of Virginia Park
Bamboo Slide, 1920s

Jackrabbit Racer, circa 1920 - 1930

Virginia Park, 1940s

Photo of Pike
photo of Midway
photo of roller coaster
Looking East From Cedar, 1948

Nu-Pike Midway, 1960s

The Cyclone Racer

photo of Laff in the Dark building
Laff in the Dark

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Here are some other Pike-related sites:
Pike Website:
Pictures with comments:
Rebuild the Cyclone Racer:
Story at early pier and pike, illustrated with many fine old photos and postcards:

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