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Huntington Beach Pier

October 10, 2009

I did some research and what is surprising is that in the history of the Huntington Beach Pier, there is no mention of a fire.

“History of the Huntington Beach Pier. Huntington Beach Pier is one of Huntington Beach’s focal points. The first pier, a 1,000 foot. long timber structure, was built in 1904, five years before the City of Huntington Beach was incorporated. In 1912, winter storms nearly destroyed the pier, and a $70,000 bond issue was approved by the voters to build a new pier. The 1,350 ft. pier was the longest, highest, and only solid concrete pleasure pier in the United States at that time.
In 1930, the pier was lengthened by 500 ft. with a café at the end. In 1939, a storm destroyed the end of the pier and the cafe. After reconstruction, it was re-opened in 1940. In 1941, the Navy commandeered the pier for submarine watch during World War II.

In March of 1983, storms severely damaged the end of the pier and the End of the Pier cafe, necessitating demolition and closure of the end of the pier. In September 1985, the rehabilitated pier reopened with a new two story End Cafe, only to be washed away again on January 17, 1988. The pier was declared unsafe and closed on July 12, 1988. In July 1990, the construction bid for the new pier was given to Reidel International. The new pier replicated the historic architectural style of the original 1914 concrete pier, complete with arched bents. The pier was built to withstand not only wave impact and uplift, but also earthquakes.”

I did notice that there is an interruption of history between World War II and 1983…..the fire my sister mentioned was during that time period. I also know that “history” is not always reported correctly. DUH Marsha.

Did you know when my oldest son was two and I remarried, my husband adopted him, and guess what? They changed my son’s BIRTH CERTIFICATE to show my new husband was the natural father. I thought that was just wrong – I still do.

It’s 6:45 AM and my puppy and I are headed out for our morning walk! Have a beautiful day!