Huntington Beach Pier!
|By: Ylee, 5:34 AM GMT on August 30, 2013||+4|
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Huntington Beach, California, also known as Surf City, has 8.5 miles of beach, and is punctuated by the Huntington Beach Pier. The pier, which at 1,850 feet is one of the longest in the west coast, was originally built in 1903, six years before the town itself was incorporated.
The pier, ca. 1910.
After a storm in 1912 that sunk most of it, a new pier of 1,350 feet was built, with another 500 feet added in 1930. This part didn't last long, as a hurricane wiped that part out in 1939! It was quickly rebuit the next year, just in time for WW2, when the military took over the pier as a submarine watch station and equipped the end with gunnery.
In 1983, the El Nino created storms that destroted the end of the pier, taking the cafe with it. It was rebuilt at the end, only to have another storm in 1988 take out the rebuilt parts again.
The pier during the 1983 storms.
After an exhaustive engineering and rebuilding effort, the pier was reopened in 1992. Using the style of the 1914 design, it features concrete reinforced with epoxy-coated steel, and is designed to withstand a 7.0 earthquake, and 31 foot waves!
The pier's pilings were also designed to accomodate surfers, which has been a regular feature around the pier since the 1920s. Each year, the U.S. Open of Surfing is held there, as the conditions for surfing are ideal, year round.
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