Huntington Beach Pier is
located at the intersection of Pacific Coast
Highway and Main Street.
mapping purposes, use 315 Pacific Coast Highway.
Call: 714-536-528. See
photo of the original first-ever
Huntington Beach Pier
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Huntington Beach Pier
Huntington Beach Pier. Huntington Beach Pier is
one of Huntington Beach's focal points. The
first pier, a 1,000 foot. long timber structure,
was built in 1904, five years before the City of
Huntington Beach was incorporated. In 1912,
winter storms nearly destroyed the pier, and a
$70,000 bond issue was approved by the voters to
build a new pier. The 1,350 ft. pier was the
longest, highest, and only solid concrete
pleasure pier in the United States at that time.
1930, the pier was lengthened by 500 ft. with a
café at the end. In 1939, a storm destroyed the
end of the pier and the cafe. After
reconstruction, it was re-opened in 1940. In
1941, the Navy commandeered the pier for
submarine watch during World War II.
March of 1983, storms severely damaged the end
of the pier and the End of the Pier cafe,
necessitating demolition and closure of the end
of the pier. In September 1985, the
rehabilitated pier reopened with a new two story
End Cafe, only to be washed away again on
January 17, 1988. The pier was declared unsafe
and closed on July 12, 1988. In July 1990, the
construction bid for the new pier was given to
Reidel International. The new pier replicated
the historic architectural style of the original
1914 concrete pier, complete with arched bents.
The pier was built to withstand not only wave
impact and uplift, but also earthquakes.
From Huntington Beach News
June 12, 1914 newspaper edition:
City Has One of the Finest Concrete Piers in the
An Elaborate Program Has Been Prepared
For the Dedication of One of the
Finest Pleasure Piers In Existence; Music Will
Be Furnished By Donatelli's Famous Italian Band
and Long Beach Municipal Band; Southern
California Chorus of 150 Voices Among the Many
certain that nor more elaborate preparations
were ever prepared in a city of like population
than those that have been arranged for the
celebration of the one of the most magnificent
concrete piers to be found on either of the
American coasts, in this city, June 20 and 21.
The committee appointed by the
Board of Trade to have general charge of the
arrangements follows: H.T. Sundbye, of
Johnson & Sundbye, and president of Board of
Trade; R.M. Dickinson, local manager for the
Sharer Investment Co., and secretary of the
Board of Trade; and H.B. Little, assistant
cashier of the First National Bank and Savings
Bank of Huntington Beach.
To this committee was added W.C.
O'Connor, as chairman of the program committee,
and the concessions committee consisting of
Leonard Obarr, of Obarr's drug store, H.E.
Talbert, confectionary dealer and City Marshal
John Tinsley. And some of these men have given
most of their time for the past three weeks and
all of them have given much of their valuable
time for the public good.
Special Meeting of the Board
There was a special meeting of the Board of
Trade Tuesday evening with President Sundbye in
the chair. Mr. Sundbye stated that at a prior
meeting of the Board, a motion had prevailed
limiting the expenditures of the pier
celebration to $1200, the amount which the
finance committee had agreed to raise by public
pledges. And in order to carry out the entire
program as had been outlined by the committee,
some more money would be required, which would
probably amount to $100 or $200 more than the
The program as outlined by the
committee was read by Mr. Dickinson, who
explained that the additional money asked for
was in sight as it would be derived from
concessions and additional pledges that would be
made in a short time, but the committee desired
the sanction of the board to spend this money,
in order that members might not be personally
liable for any amount over the $1200 limit.
A Slight Misunderstanding
Mr. Dickinson stated that the committee had
arranged to take the Huntington Beach band along
on the big booster excursion into the interior
town Friday and Saturday, and had asked for a
price which was given as $42, which was intended
as a price per day, but the committee supposed
it was for the trip. And the committee desired
to put the matter up to the board as to whether
the extra $42 expense should be incurred or not.
Ralph C. Turner, of Turner
Department Store, inquired if the proposed trip
would be all the part the home band would take
in the Pier celebration festivities, and was
answered in the affirmative.
M.A. Turner, of the same
store, suggested the Japanese performers on the
Sunday program be eliminated and the saving
would take care of the band boys.
A motion was made by F.H.
McElfresh, of the McElfresh Mercantile Co.,
seconded by Mr. Talbert, prevailed, that the
Home Band boys be taken along on the booster
Tarbox stated that he thought the committee
should be authorized to spend all the money
collected for the purpose of the celebration,
and moved that the committee be authorized; the
motion was seconded by Trustee M.E. Helme, who
expressed a similar view, and prevailed by
unanimous conset. If you do not believe that the
committee has been busy read the following
10 a.m. Band Concert, Donatelli's Famous
11 a.m. Dedication by Santa Ana Lodge No. 794
B.P.O. Elks; music by Long Beach Municipal Band;
laying cornerstone; Inspection of the Pier.
1 p.m. Races and Events; 75yd race (boys under
14) 1st prize $1.00, 2nd prize .50. 50-yd race
(girls under 14) 1st prize $1.00, 2nd prize .50.
2:30 p.m. Ball Game, Garden Grove vs. Pacific
Electric; admission .25. Swimming and diving
expedition under auspices of Los Angeles
Athletic Club; Champion Juvenile Diver Ray
Kegeris, 11 years; Ex-champion Juvenile Diver,
Tommie Whitt, 9 yrs; Los Angeles Athletic Club
champion diver, Paul Lisle, 9 yrs.