On Saturday, September 15, 2001, TheScreamOnline Editor-in-Chief Stuart Vail visited the Santa Monica Pier which, among other things, houses a 75-year-old carousel with 44 hand-crafted horses, and is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. After years of neglect and severe damage from a storm in 1983, the pier was finally rebuilt, and today sports a very festive and busy carnival atmosphere with a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, arcade games, restaurants, and plenty of entertainment and fishing.

What you see above is the entrance to the pier off of Ocean Avenue, looking west. The Lobster restaurant on the left commands one of the most spectacular views at the beach. To the right is a cliff-front park which overlooks Pacific Coast Highway, the beach, and the ocean. Down below on the beach to the right of the pier is a large parking lot which is the home of the Cirque du Soleil when it is in town. What follows is a photo essay of a journey from the beginning of the pier to the end, where our Mr. Vail encountered a wonderful surprise.

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Walking down to the pier

  The crowd      
      Pier vendor    
  Entrance to the rides and games        
      An amazing costume    
        Clay sculptor  
          Halfway, looking south
      Looking back at the Ferris wheel    
    The juggler      
        Toward the shore  
      Fishing at the end    
    More fishing      
Looking north toward Malibu        

At the end, Malibu far to the left.


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