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Title
The Pike, Long Beach, California
Creator
unknown
Date Created and/or Issued
copyright 1910
Publication Information
Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University
Edward H. Mitchell
Contributing Institution
Loyola Marymount University, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library
Collection
Changing Face of Southern California
Rights Information
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Description
A view of the ocean front amusement area known as the Pike in Long Beach, California. In the center is the two-story Bath House with grand portico. The five storey building with the red roof seen on the left side of the image is the Hotel Virginia.
Before 1866, most of what is now Long Beach was part of two ranchos: Los Cerritos and Los Alamitos. By the 1880s portions of Rancho Los Cerritos were sold, subdivided and developed by William Willmore under the name of Willmore City. By 1888, the population had voted to incorporate the city and rename it the City of Long Beach. In the early 20th century, Long Beach became a popular seaside resort as well as a major shipping port. Under the direction of Charles R. Drake, the Long Beach Bath House and Amusement Company built a bath house on the beach near the end of the street car line. Opened in 1902, the two-story Bath House (later known as the Plunge) was one of the earliest attractions on the Pike. It featured 485 private dressing rooms and 500 bathing suits available for rent, a 60 x 120 foot heated salt-water pool for both men and women, a 40 x 8 foot pool for women only, and 22 hot salt-water baths. Subsequently, the boardwalk-style amusement area became known as the Pike, sometimes called "Walk of a Thousand Lights." It was Long Beach’s entertainment center for both local residents and tourists.
Series number: 196
Type
image
Format
1 postcard : Color ; 9 x 14 cm.
Identifier
post_00171
http://digitalcollections.lmu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/chgface/id/710
Language
English
Subject
Boardwalks--California--Long Beach
Bathhouses--California--Long Beach
Hotels--California--Long Beach
Amusement parks--California--Long Beach
Hotel Virginia (Long Beach, Calif.)
Long Beach (Calif.)
Pike, The (Long Beach, Calif. : Amusement park)
Source
Werner von Boltenstern Postcard Collection

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