Doug Pricer, who has a wealth of knowledge about Long Beach and its history, has generously agreed to write the headline article for our newsletter. His first article gives you insight into his connection to the Long Beach Heritage Museum and its founder, Ken Larkey.
History Abounds Around Town
Douglas R. Pricer
I love Long Beach. It’s where I grew up and came of age and now, with a well-traveled lifetime of comparative experience, I’ve come to deeply appreciate its rich history. It was thus with a sense of delight that I accepted a commission in 2007 from the Farmers and Merchants Bank of Long Beach to write a book celebrating F&M’s centennial. It was a wonderful experience, one that brought me back to my roots and allowed me entrée to one of Long Beach’s oldest and most distinguished businesses. Continue reading History Abounds Around Town
While most of the museum’s collection is in storage awaiting a home, at least one significant item is now on public display. See the only remaining Cyclone Racer car from the Long Beach Pike at Looff’s Lite-A-Line. A sign at the exhibit says, “Looff’s Lite-A-Line has completely restored and proudly presents the last remaining of the original Cyclone Racer Rollercoaster cars built in 1930. All the other cars were destroyed in September of 1968 along with the great ride itself at the Long Beach Pike. The late Ken Larkey and the Long Beach Heritage Museum have saved this car from destruction.
“The track underneath the car and the pilot dolley in front of it are exact replicas that have been masterfully built in original design by Larry Osterhoudt, the premiuer authority on the Cyclone Race. Larry has spent fifteen years recreating all the blue prints in minute detail to rebuild this fabulous ride.”