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For more 2001 photos click here

Photo taken 8/5/01

"For 90 years, Looff's building, which once housed a carousel and later a gaming hall, was open every day, every week, on every holiday. It closed only once: July 1, 1918, the day Charles L.D. Looff, its master craftsman died.
Today, exactly 83 years after its one dark day, the Looff's Lite-a-Line building closed forever, and the last of Long Beach's historic Pike amusement park will be demolished this week to make way for condominiums, a parking garage and a mall".

Above is from a story by Stephen Lynch in The Orange County Register: July 1, 2001

 
The gazebo peaked roof is all that is left of Looff's Lite-a-Line building that was the center of the Pike, seen here with the Long Beach Convention Center and Hyatt Hotel in the background. The roof will be attached to a new visitors' center.

Note: Looff's Lite-A-Line still exists. It is located at

Looff's
2500 Long Beach Blvd.
Long Beach, California
(562) 436-2978
The exact same tables, etc. have been restored to original status and
are operating on a daily basis. The hours are as follows:
Sun. - Thurs. 10:30 am to 1:00 am
Fri. & Sat. 10:30 am - 2:00 am
365 days of the year, rain or shine.

 

For more 2001 photos click here

Photo taken 8/5/01

For your information the GPS readings recorded by Jim King for the Lite-a-Line build are:
North 33 degrees, 45 minutes, 57 seconds
West 118 degrees, 11 minutes, 42 seconds
or 33.7596, -118.1870 (hddd.dddd)
(just in case urban legends say there's gold buried
under the building we'll know where to start looking).

 

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