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Name Santa Monica Municipal Pier

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Image of Santa Monica Pier, 1940 - 1940/07/11

Santa Monica Pier, 1940 - 1940/07/11

Santa Monica Municipal Pier, July 1940.

Image of Dredging Santa Monica Harbor, 1949 - 1949/11/18

Dredging Santa Monica Harbor, 1949 - 1949/11/18

Dredging equipment and transmission pipes for removal of 1,000,000 cubic yards of sand from behind the Santa Monica harbor is shown, as well as one of the largest dredges on the coast, capable of spewing 1,000 yards of sand an hour. The pipeline in the photograph carries the accrual south of the Municipal Pier to replenish eroded beaches. The dredge is digging an island lagoon to protect it from sudden storms. The $240,00 project was contracted to the Standard Dredging Company. (This information is from a November 18, 1949 article in The Outlook.)

Image of Muscle Beach, circa 1940s - 1940s

Muscle Beach, circa 1940s - 1940s

A crowd of spectators watch a gynmastic/arcobatic balancing performance on Muscle Beach, south of the Santa Monica Municipal Pier, circa 1940s.

Image of La Monica Ballroom - circa 1920s

La Monica Ballroom - circa 1920s

La Monica Ballroom at the west end of the Looff and Municipal Piers. The ballroom was the largest on the west coast with a 15,000 square foot dance floor accommodating 5,000 dancers.

Image of Santa Monica Municipal Pier - circa 1917

Santa Monica Municipal Pier - circa 1917

Crowds visiting and fishing on the concrete Santa Monica Municipal Pier. The pier was opened in 1909 at the foot of Colorado Avenue.

Image of Red Car Trolley Station by Santa Monica Pier - 1919

Red Car Trolley Station by Santa Monica Pier - 1919

A view of the Pacific Electric Railway's Red Car trolley station northwest of the Looff and Santa Monica Municipal piers (seen in the background). The station was on the Pacific Electric's Balloon Route Beginning in 1914, the route went from downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Redondo Beach and back downtown through Culver City. The front marquis of the trolley indicates a Venice destination. Photographed inscribed: "Santa Monica, Cal" and stamped on back, " April 12, 1973."

Image of Ocean Front Walk Northwest of Looff Pier - undated

Ocean Front Walk Northwest of Looff Pier - undated

Beach goers and pedestrians in the surf, sand and strolling along Ocean Front Walk northwest of the Looff and Santa Monica Municipal Piers.

Image of Red Car Trolley Station bySanta Monica Pier - 1919

Red Car Trolley Station bySanta Monica Pier - 1919

A view of the Pacific Electric Railway's Red Car trolley station northwest of the Looff and Santa Monica Municipal piers, seen in the background. The station was on the Pacific Electric's Balloon Route Beginning in 1914, the route went from downtown Los Angeles to Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Redondo Beach and back downtown through Culver City. The front marquis of the trolley indicates a Venice destination. A banner on the side of the trolley promotes celebrating the July 4th holiday in Venice.

Image of Santa Monica Pier and Appian Way - circa 1950

Santa Monica Pier and Appian Way - circa 1950

The northeastern buildings on the Looff Pier at Appian Way. The Looff Hippodrome and Carousel is in the upper right corner of the photograph. The large building in the foreground was at one time a hotel and apartment building.

Image of Santa Monica Pier Sign - undated

Santa Monica Pier Sign - undated

In 1940, the Santa Monica Pier Businessmens' Association sponsored new neon Streamline Moderne signage at the entrance of Santa Monica Pier. By 1941, the Santa Monica Pier Sign was installed at Ocean Avenue and Colorado Boulevard.

Image of Looff Pleasure Pier and Santa Monica Pier in the 1920s - Early 1920s

Looff Pleasure Pier and Santa Monica Pier in the 1920s - Early 1920s

A view of the Santa Monica Municipal Pier and the Looff Pleasure Pier in the 1920s. The Looff Carousel and Hippodrome is mid-photograph. This is a view of the piers before the La Monica Ballroom opened in 1924. Photograph inscribed on the back: "Santa Monica Pier, circa 1920s."

Image of Santa Monica Pier - undated

Santa Monica Pier - undated

A view looking northwest toward the Santa Monica Mountains of the Santa Monica Pier with the concrete pilings built in 1909. The concrete pilings were replaced with creosated piles in 1920.

Image of Santa Monica Pier, Beach, and Gold Coast - undated

Santa Monica Pier, Beach, and Gold Coast - undated

A view of Gold Coast homes along Pacific Coast Highway northwest of the Looff Pier and the Santa Monica Municipal Pier, circa 1918. A stairway leads from atop the bluffs down to the roadway. The Blue Streak Racer roller coaster and the Hippodrome are visible on the pier.

Image of Opening Day at Santa Monica Municipal Pier 1909 - 1909/09/09

Opening Day at Santa Monica Municipal Pier 1909 - 1909/09/09

Crowds of spectators standing on the south side of the Santa Monica Municipal Pier on opening day, September 09, 1909.

Image of Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Construction of the Santa Monica Municipal Pier, circa 1909. Construction began on April 8, 1908 and was completed on August 18, 1909. The offical opening day of the pier was September 9, 1909. The Municipal Pier was the first concrete pier constructed on the West Coast.

Image of Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Construction of the Santa Monica Municipal Pier, circa 1909. Construction began on April 8, 1908 and was completed on August 18, 1909. The offical opening day of the pier was September 9, 1909. The Municipal Pier was the first concrete pier constructed on the West Coast.

Image of Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Construction of the Santa Monica Municipal Pier, circa 1908. Construction began April 8, 1908, and was completed on August 18, 1909. The offical opening day of the pier was September 9, 1909. The Municipal Pier was the first concrete pier constructed on the West Coast.

Image of Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Construction of the Santa Monica Municipal Pier, circa 1909. Construction began on April 8, 1908 and was completed on August 18, 1909. The offical opening day of the pier was September 9, 1909. The Municipal Pier was the first concrete pier constructed on the West Coast.

Image of Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Construction of the Santa Monica Municipal Pier, circa 1909. Construction began on April 8, 1908 and was completed on August 18, 1909. The offical opening day of the pier was September 9, 1909. The Municipal Pier was the first concrete pier constructed on the West Coast.

Image of Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Santa Monica Municipal Pier Under Construction - circa 1908

Construction of the Santa Monica Municipal Pier, circa 1909. Construction began on April 8, 1908 and was completed on August 18, 1909. The offical opening day of the pier was September 9, 1909. The Municipal Pier was the first concrete pier constructed on the West Coast.