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Title
Bath house on the Pike
Creator
Unknown
Date Created and/or Issued
1915-1930?
Publication Information
Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University
Western Publishing & Novelty Co.; Theo. Sohmer
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 looking inland toward the Pike. An oriental-style pavilion stands in the foreground, with the Bath House just behind it. Signs along the Pike advertise ice cream, Coca-Cola, and bowling, and the beach is crowded with visitors.
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 under the name of Willmore City by William Willmore. By 1888, the population had voted to incorporate the city and rename it the City of Long Beach. By the early 20th century, Long Beach had become a popular seaside resort as well as a major shipping port. It was home to a boardwalk-style amusement known as the Pike, sometimes called "Walk of a Thousand Lights." Opened in 1902, the 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 rental, a 60 x 120 foot heated salt-water pool for both sexes, a 40 x 8 foot pool for women only, and 22 hot salt-water baths.
Publisher's serial number: 314
Type
image
Format
1 postcard : b&w ; 9 x 14 cm.
Identifier
clloy_092
http://digitalcollections.lmu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/chgface/id/293
Language
English
Subject
Beaches--California--Long Beach
Bathhouses--California--Long Beach
Swimming pools--California--Long Beach
Boardwalks--California--Long Beach
Long Beach (Calif.)
Pike, The (Long Beach, Calif. : Amusement park)
Source
Werner von Boltenstern Postcard Collection

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