More old-timey photos from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach! These are pier pictures from the 1920s:
Years before the Fun Zone appeared on the bay side, visitors enjoyed a Ferris wheel on the ocean side of the peninsula.
On June 7, 1921, a bond issue for the sum of $25,000 for a new Balboa Pier was carried by a vote of 155 to 41. The William Ledbettor Company won the contract. Initial plans overlooked a lighting system, which was added later at an additional cost.
By 1922, the pier was badly in need of repair and a liability to the Southern Pacific. When approached by city officials, the SP sold the pier and its land approach to the city for $5,000. In January 1923, the William Ledbettor Company added a T-end to the pier, and generally rebuilt the structure for the sum of $30,650.
In 1939, the pier was destroyed by a storm. It was rebuilt the following year.
All photos and historical descriptions are from Jeff Delaney’s book Newport Beach. His website is www.newportbeachpostcards.com.
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