The Plunge and ... The Lightning Racer

The Plunge and ... The Lightning Racer (HM1R97)

Location: Redondo Beach, CA 90277 Los Angeles County
Country: United States of America

N 33° 50.697', W 118° 23.656'

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As the 1890s evolved into the Roaring '20s, people came by train, Red Car or Model T to enjoy Redondo Beach's advertised "clean water" at The Plunge and to experience the thrill of riding the Lightning Racer roller Coaster.

The Moorish style, four-story Plunge, also known as the "Bath House," was built in 1909 by Henry E. Huntington, covering 43,688 square feet of waterfront. Advertised as the "largest indoor saltwater heated pool in the world," the main pool could accommodate more than 1,000 swimmers at a time, many wearing the latest in wool bathing costumes. A smaller diving pool featured a tower, two boards and a trapeze where the legendary surfer, George Freeth, could be seen performing his daredevil stunts. Pacific Light and Power's steam plant, located to the north, heated the pools. The Plunge close in September 1941.

The Lightning Racer
The best view of the entire waterfront entertainment area was from atop the Lightning Racer, a rambling roller coaster, with 6,000 feet of track, located between Beryl and Coral Streets on El Paseo. The storm-battered coaster was repaired and rebuilt many times, eventually succumbing to fire and storm damage by the 1930s.
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HM NumberHM1R97
Marker Number5
Year Placed2004
Placed ByBichlmeier Insurance Services, Bay Cities National Bank, Mauro & Jess Gonzalez Family 1905, the Portofino Hotel & Yacht Club, Los Angeles Airport Marriott
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, March 27th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 371004 N 3745838
Decimal Degrees33.84495000, -118.39426667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 50.697', W 118° 23.656'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 50' 41.82" N, 118° 23' 39.36" W
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Area Code(s)310, 909, 323
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200-308 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach CA 90277, US
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