- Apr 4, 2008
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WOW! Thanks for posting. Great history. I never knew that was there.The oil derricks in the back ground are on Signal Hill, Porcupine hill was one of it's nick names.
I was sent to a Military Academy (twice) that was on the ocean side of the hill. Built in the 20s and torn down in the 80s to build a public school. Someone reached out to me the the new school was finished because in the corner of the property they built a little memorial to the old Military school and wanted to know if I would like to attend the ceremony or at least put my memories in writing, why I don't know. They contacted as many of us as possible I think, but I told them I was glad to see that place leveled and as far as my memories of the staff and others that ran the place, they would never print what I had to say.
The rainbow pier was filled in with dirt starting sometime in the mid 50s and I think they tore the pier down in the 60s. My parents took me on it a few times the I was little in dad's '54 chevy. I don't really remember it though, I kinda remember the lights that were on the pier but that just may be from all the stories I heard back then. The arena was built in the 70s. The old convention center building that's in the pic @Wheeler posted, was free to use if you were bringing in a lot of people to the city, like car new shows, stuff like that.
You could rent sail boats, paddle boats or swim inside rainbow pier back in the day, before my time, but it had to be very fun back then. Since I was a kid Long Beach has managed to tear down every single thing that made the city a destination place, the rainbow pier, the Pike, closed the tunnels that lead under to the beach...the list is endless. Now we have that fucking sink hole, The Queen Mary.
We still have Joe Jost though! Coolest bar around.
Fatal fire on Signal hill in '58. Great cars in the forground!
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You could rent sail boats, paddle boats or swim inside rainbow pier back in the day, before my time, but it had to be very cool.
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What was and is today.
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Adba drag boat racing has a new home track in buckeye AZ. Hidden lakes. Some issues but it was the first event there. Facility has huge potential just needs some time and money. We were there running my dads flat
Was this boat from central cal/Bakersfield?
That’s some old school cool right there. Bad ass!!!!!This came out of storage today after 15 years or so and heading for Jimmy Louis racing engines to get it running and then onto the chopping block.
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