Manhattan Beach Pier’s 100 Years Captured By Historical Society

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA — The landmark Manhattan Beach Pier that stands now isn’t the only MB Pier ever built. But it is the one that was completed in 1920 — and it is the iconic MB Pier seen in photos across the world. Now, as its 100 anniversary is being celebrated by the City of Manhattan Beach’s “Pierspective” art exhibit, the Manhattan Beach Historical Society has released an online slide show of text and photos that gives insight into the area’s pier experiences from the late 1800s on. The first pier was 100-feet long and made of iron. It was built to test a wave motor that would help harness ocean energy and turn it into electricity. Because the initial test appeared successful, they added length to the pier, making it 350-feet over the ocean below it, according to the MB Historical Society’s online slide show. In January 1899, a storm cleared out 30-feet of the pier. In 1904, a developer promised to add 200 feet to the pier. The online slide show showcases photos from the time. A photo taken in 1910 shows men with their catches standing on the iron pier. But that pier wouldn’t be the only… Read full this story

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