A brief history of one of the longest piers in the world. Smashed and destroyed six times over the span of a century, the Oceanside Pier has remained a staple of the city and one of its greatest attractions.
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How Did It All Begin?● The idea to build a wooden pier off Oceansides coast was proposed in March 1888● Construction began in May
Pier Pressure● The first storm, in 1890, destroyed all but 300 ft of the original 1,200 ft pier● Melchior Pieper, a local business owner, snatched up most of the pieces and relocated them to the South Pacific Hotel● At low tide, you can still see pieces of the wreckage Pieper left behind
The Little Iron Wharf● Pieper proposed they rebuild the pier closer to his hotel● 3 years later the “little iron warf” was built● This time, the pier was made of sturdier material and stretched 400 ft into the water● Locals wanted the city to make it longer, but its a good thing they didnt—in 1902 another storm destroyed Piepers dream
This Time with Steel● In 1903, construction began again, this time using steel (thanks to the Southern California Railroad Company)● This one came the closest to the original size, stretching out to 1,300 ft● The Electric Company offered to supply the Pier with free electricity for a year● Mother Nature called again and a storm ruined their new boardwalk
Concrete Decisions● After trying to build with every material in the books, the city decided it was time to use concrete● In 1927, construction was finished and the new Oceanside Pier was home to a 3 day, 20,000 person 4th of July celebration● It was longer than any of its predecesors, stretching 1,900 ft● Unfortunately, in 1946 a storm shaved 385 ft off
The Pier Today● The last (and final...so far) installment was completed on September 29, 1987, and is the pier you see today● The Ruby’s Diner is a tasteful blast from the past that perfectly represents Southern California and Oceanside as a whole● Fishing is free and there is even a bait shop located on the pier for all of your fishing needs.● Weekends attract large crowds for competitions, shopping, concerts and more● The Pelicans are extremely friendly, and some of them have names!
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