TheLongBeachPike[Book: Patricia Ann Stockdale – 2014 – 19x24cm – 96 Pages – Many B&W photos]. “The Pike (Long Beach, California) was a street a mile long, solidly lined with amusements. When nighttime came, everyone took a stroll down the Pike to see the life in motion, with color and lights, and listen to the ingenious gentlemen whose wits were sharpened in the competition for patronage, and whose vocal powers, assisted by megaphones, competed successfully with the brass bands. It was an inspiring spectacle of fifty to a hundred thousand people endlessly moving, the wise and the simple, the great and the humble, all pleased, happy, and carefree.” Chapter Points: Dedication; Acknowledgments; Prologue; How the Pike Got Its Name; The Pike’s History; Charles I.D. Looff; Cyclone Racer; Ripley’s Believe It Or Not; Elmer McCurdy’s Burial; The Jungle on the Pike; The Rainbow Pier; End of an Era (Demise of the Amusement Park); Jergin’s Subway; Movies Filmed on the Pike; The Long Beach Pike’s Future; Pike Photo Memories; About the Author. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good.