Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 20 February 2015

A Pier Without Peer in Los Angeles

Vintage aerial photograph of Los Angeles pier

A Los Angeles Amusement Pier in

the Good Old Days

Our private Los Angeles tour guests truly enjoy their visit to the Santa Monica Pier which is a modern manifestation of the great wooden piers of old that once adorned the bay just a streetcar ride from downtown or Hollywood.  One of the great piers seen above in this vintage aerial photograph demonstrates how extensive these structures were and how much fun they would have been.  Built (and rebuilt when they would burn down) in the early 20th century and instigated by Abbot Kinney who designed and created Venice, these extensions into the sea offered roller coasters and other exciting rides, carousels, carnivals, dancing (watch THEY SHOOT HORSES DON’T THEY) and lots and lots of eating and drinking.  Long before beach culture became what it is today fully dressed denizens of Los Angeles would spend entire days at the shore strolling from one pier to another.

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