Santa Monica Pier

  • Address: Colorado Ave
  • Vicinity: Ocean Ave
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Structure

I expect to make the Looff Santa Monica Pier the most successful of the entertainment enterprises I own throughout the United States. Charles Looff

The original pier, built to carry sewer waste 1600 ft (488 m) into the Pacific Ocean (this practice was stop in the 1920s) was the first concrete pier built in the United States. Beginning in 1925 a retired sailor named Olaf C Olsen began running a fleet of fishing boats for recreational fishing; Elzie C Segar based his cartoon character, Popeye, on Olaf.

Preston Peterson, inventor the Peterson Tube - now a standard lifeguard lifesaving buoy, was a lifeguard at the pier. - AsNotedIn



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
E C Segar Significant name
1909/09/09 Opening Day
1916/08/04 Charles Looff Architect Charles Looff widens the Santa Monica Pier and opens an amusement park
1919/00/00 Replacement of original concrete pier with wood begins
1924/07/23 La Monica Ballroom opens
1930/00/00 By the 1930s, the original rides, except carousel are removed
1941/00/00 Santa Monica Yacht Harbor opens, sign is installed
1950/00/00 La Monica Ballroom is 1st in nation to televise its programs
1968/00/00 La Monica Ballroom is demolished
1983/00/00 Third of pier destroyed by high waves
1987/00/00 Reconstruction begins


Santa Monica Looff Hippodrome

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Particulars for Santa Monica Pier:
Route Route 66
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