THERE ONCE WAS A PLACE CALLED P.O.P.

ThereOnceWasAPlaceCalledPOP[Book: Dave Doherty – 2008 – 22x22cm – 98 Pages – Many B&W and colour illustrations of the rides and attractions]. Pacific Ocean Park (Santa Monica, California) opened on 22 July 1958. P.O.P. was a co-venture of the “Los Angeles Turf Club”, (a.k.a. Santa Anita and the Lake Arrowhead resort) and “C.B.S.”, (Colombia Broadcasting Systems) in reaction to the overwhelming success of Disneyland which had opened just three years prior. This concept required the joining of two completely separate piers, in two different cities, Santa Monica and Los Angeles, and the rehabilitation of an existing “Amusement Zone” that dated back to the turn of the 19th century. P.O.P. eventually succumbed and closed in 1967 due to poor management and changing demographics. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.