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LAistory: The Santa Monica Pier

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On September 9th, the Santa Monica Pier celebrated its Centennial. Fireworks lit up the sky and thousands of people gathered to honor a landmark that seems to be synonymous not only with Santa Monica, but with Los Angeles, and our love affair with having fun at the edge of the Pacific Ocean

But like the Pacific's waters, the history of the Pier reveals some choppiness and rough times. Failed business ventures, eroding infrastructure, preservation campaigns, massive destruction at the hands of mother nature, and frequent bouts of identity crisis color the history of the 100-year-old "pleasure pier" at the base of Colorado Avenue.