ThePikePastItsPeak[Book: Stephen Brown – 1981 – 20x26cm – 62 Pages – Many B&W photos, few colour]. A very short read. At one time The Pike (Long Beach, California) was the premier amusement attraction of the western United States. The earliest structures commonly associated with The Pike were built in 1897, and eventually the park offered rides, theatres, open-air pavilions, swimming pools, lighted piers, amusement booths and a general atmosphere of fun. Originally a beachfront establishment, landfill for various construction projects reduced The Pike to an inland oasis of diminishing attraction. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Poor.