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This is Designory Beach from the mid 1930s. You can see the Pike in the background.

Taken from the Municipal Auditorium, site of today's Long Beach Convention Center. The Pike is in the background.

Signal Hill, CA, 1930. Oil is found in Signal Hill and Long Beach in 1921, which makes the cities flourish with new industry and an economic boom. (Signal Hill later becomes its own city, entirely surrounded by Long Beach, to avoid oil taxes.)

Signal Hill, CA, Oil is found in Signal Hill and Long Beach in which makes the cities flourish with new industry and an economic boom. (Signal Hill later becomes its own city, entirely surrounded by Long Beach, to avoid oil taxes.

The Pike, Long Beach, California

Image via Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection Today Los Angeles is known for its enormous but sterile corporate amusement parks: the Disney parks, Universal Studios, and even Knott's.

An unfilled Rainbow Lagoon surrounds the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, circa 1931.By the 1960's wave action & tidal forces began to undermine the pier. Now home to the Convention Center and Aquarium of the Pacific.

An unfilled Rainbow Lagoon surrounds the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, circa Courtesy of the Photo Collection - Los Angeles Public Library.

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