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Santa Monica’s famed pleasure Pier

In 1893, the mile long wharf was built as the major port of call for the bustling city of Los Angeles. It kept this title until 1903. In 1909, the Santa Monica Pier, the oldest pleasure pier on the West Coast, opens to an international crowd of enthusiasts. A number of pleasure piers were built in the subsequent years and Santa Monica becomes a favorite escape for Hollywood’s “A” list.

These pleasure piers fell into disrepair and are ultimately torn down in the 1970’s. The Santa Monica Pier was saved in 1984 with voter approval, and an aggressive $45 million pier restoration project began that included refurbishment of the historic carousel.

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