Fun Facts about the Oceanside Pier:
Oceanside has had six piers since its incorporation in 1888
The sixth and current pier was opened to the public in September of 1987
The pier is the longest wooden pier on the western United States coastline at 1,954 feet long
Oceanside Pier was first built in 1888 at what is now Wisconsin Avenue. The original pier was destroyed by storms in the winter of 1890, and was rebuilt in 1893 by Melchoir Pieper in its current location at Pier View Way. – Wikipedia
Oceanside’s third pier was built in 1903. Supported by steel railway rails purchased from the Southern California Railway Co. at $25 a ton, it was nearly 1300 feet long and twelve feet wide.
Voters approved a $100,000 bond issue in 1926 to build a fourth pier. The concrete portion was U-shaped and extended 1,900 feet into the ocean. When it was dedicated on July 4, 1927 Oceanside threw a three day celebration the likes have not been seen since. Over 20,000 people from all over Southern California came to join in the festivities and to help Oceanside celebrate. - Oceanside Historical Society
What do people love about the Oceanside Pier?
Super long pier. Lots of fishing going on. Friendly pelican hangs out there. There’s a small shop halfway down that sales fishing supplies and postcards for 25 cents. Great views of the ocean and lovely breeze ~Julie N.
The memories I made here are priceless. We went to the beach area initially and just walked around. We noticed that there were bonfire pits so we drove to the grocery store and bought food and marshmallows, chocolates, and graham crackers. We started the bonfire and cooked our delicious dessert and ate our food. With the cool breeze by the beach, the warm bonfire, and the cozy feeling as we sat together by the fire, I fell in love with this location ~Sophia C.
The pier and the surround beach is just a fun little sand and surf area. There’s an amphitheater, some little food stands, a bike rental stand, a little playground (currently under construction, though the swingsets are still good to use). There’s also a couple of grills and fire pits alongside covered bench areas… everything’s just super cozy. ~Trish C.
We are so lucky to have such incredible Oceanside Pier images to show some of the history behind this incredible structure/s. The images displayed in this post were found at Oceanside Historical Society and San Diego History Center.