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Santa Monica Pier

Ocean Ave at Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA

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In 1909 a 1,600 foot long Municipal Pier with a pipline was built to carry waste from Santa Monica to the Ocean and in 1916 Looff's Pleasure Pier opened with a carousel in the Hippodrome. The pier became a favorite fishing place and in 1941 the Pier business community installed the well known sign shown above. Between 1987-1990 the pier was completely restored and in 1996 Pacific Park opened. The pier has always some kind of amusement rides on it. The main entrance to the pier is at Ocean and Colorado Avenues.


Just past the entrance sign you come to this long steep ramp down to the pier. This is challenging for anyone with mobility issues. There is both general and handicapped parking on the pier, but it is not always open on holidays and possibly other busy periods. It was closed when we visited on Memorial Day in 2013, hence the police car blocking the road in the photo above. There is also handicapped and general parking on the beach level and an elevator up to the pier level from there.


This is the view of the pier from the park on Ocean Avenue above the beach Although many think of the Santa Monica Pier as being the western end of Route 66 it is only the symbolic end of the trail. The original western end of Route 66 was at the intersection of Lincoln Blvd and Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Photo(s): 2013

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