Recreational Piers of America

There’s no book or website dedicated to the piers of America. They have such a fascinating history as many of them were built in the early 20th century, fell into disrepair in the mid-20th century, then revitalized in the late 20th century. Now a few of them are major tourist attractions drawing millions annually.

Also they are an interesting urban phenonmen for their unique qualities as with unique benefits as mentioned in my previous post.

Here’s a page on all the major piers in the United States. If anything is missing or incorrect, please leave a comment below.

Name
Location
Built
Open for
Recreation
Current Annual
Attendance
Navy Pier (history)
Chicago, Illinois
19161916-1922,
1994-present
8 million
Santa Monica Municipal Pier (history)
Santa Monica, California
19091909-?,
1988-present
3 million
Steel Pier (history)
Atlantic City, New Jersey
18981898-1982,
1993-present
?
Million Dollar Pier (history)
St. Petersburg, Florida
19261926-1967,
1973-present
?
FDR Pier (history)
Oakland, California
1918?-1998?
Pacific Ocean Park Pier (history)
Venice, California
19051905-1946,
1956-present
?
Ventura Pier (history)
Ventura, California
18721936-present
?

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