Long Beach Pike Amusement Park California

It was a great amusement park called the Long Beach Pike in California. It opened in the turn of the century. It had fun houses, a mirror maze & all sorts of great rides. The Pike had a coaster called 'THE CYCLONE RACER' designed by Harry Traver in 1930. It was a huge coaster but sadly it was demolished in 1968. After that the Pike started to decline! In the late 1970s, the pike became like a skid row! It became a very scary place to be there. In the early years, the Pike was called ' The Walk of A Thousand Lights ' It was like Coney Island. The Pike closed it's doors in the year 1979. By then the Pike was like a junk yard! Why do these things happen?

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In 1954 there were 218 amusements in the park, but during that time the zone began to face stiff competition from Knott's berry farm and then Disneyland. In 1971, the name changed to "Queen's Park", to coincide with the public opening of the historical ocean liner RMS Queen Mary, which the city had purchased as a combination tourist attraction and hotel. The park retained this name until closing and demolition in 1979--1980. Most locals continued calling it "The Pike".




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