Redondo Beach Pier (Images of America Series)
Piers have always drawn people to the mysterious wonder of the ocean. The ability to seemingly walk on water with the construction of a pier has created for humans a sense of temporary mastery of the majestic and merciless sea. The Southern California shoreline has always attracted tourists from near and far to experience the natural beauty of the coastline. Capitalizing on the natural and man-made appeal of the ocean and the pleasure pier, Henry Huntington created in Redondo Beach a fantasyland of wonder and excitement for beachgoers in the early 20th century. As one of the major rivals to the pleasure piers of Santa Monica, Ocean Park, and Venice to the north, the Endless Pier and later the adjacent Monstad Pier in Redondo Beach drew in thousands of tourists a day. Pleasure-seekers can still fish, enjoy dinner and music, shop, or simply take a nighttime stroll over the water on today's Municipal Pier--remnants from the heyday of Redondo Beach's pleasure pier of the early 20th century.
in front of Hotel Redondo. It was designed in the shape of a “Y.” One leg was tracked for trains, and the other leg was for fishermen and pedestrians. A year after Wharf No. 2 was constructed, the Redondo Railway Company was reorganized and became the Redondo & Los Angeles Railway. Wharf No. 2 was eventually dismantled because it had become unusable from sand silting in 1916. This photograph of the beach and Hotel Redondo was taken from Wharf No. 1 in the late 1800s. One of the natural tourist
1900. The large building on the beachfront is a casino that was later replaced by the El Paseo entertainment area and other amusements that adorned the shoreline in the early 1900s. Fishing was and still is a favorite pastime on the pier at Redondo Beach. Even before the construction of Endless Pier in 1915, fishermen lined the deck of the wharves daily. Here is a picture from around 1900 of a man in Redondo with his catch for the day. After the demolition of these wharves, a man named Capt.
incorporated in 1901, and tracks were immediately laid through Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, and Riverside Counties. In this photograph, a train hauls lumber from one of the wharves through El Paseo, and it appears that the casino building is on fire. Scaffolding on the Redondo Pavilion can be seen in the background to the right. This image looks as if it was taken from the northeast while facing south down El Paseo some time after 1908. This is another view of El Paseo from around 1910.
pier, called the Endless Pier, was constructed of reinforced concrete in the shape of a triangle. At the apex of the pier on the oceanside, a two-story sun parlor and observation pavilion was constructed, and at various points along the pier, shaded benches were placed for people to sit and look out over the water. There was also an outer fishing deck built along the sides of the pier so that promenaders were not disturbed with rogue fishing lines. However, in a matter of a few months, this
of a decagon where the traveling circuits of speakers taught the masses. This postcard shows two bathers enjoying the water at Redondo Beach. Behind them is a rope that was tied to large posts embedded deeply into the sand. The rope was designed to hold the weight of beach patrons who wanted to venture into the ocean but did not know how to swim. Pictured here is one of Redondo Beach’s wharves in the early 1900s. This photograph was likely taken from El Paseo, which today is a marina and