Description: The Pier at Old Orchard Beach, Maine was first opened to the public on July 2, 1898. The 1825 foot structure was built with three pavilions at a cost of $38,000.
In November 1898 the pier and casino were partially destroyed by a storm . The casino was rebuilt in 1899. In August 1907 the entrance was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1908 only to have one of the pavilions swept away by a storm in March, 1909 leading to the casino shortened by a 1,000 feet.
Over the years storms continued to destroy parts of the pier causing the casino to be razed in 1970. A blizzard in 1978 destroyed the remainder of the pier.
The pier as it is now was re-opened in 1980.
As a child my family vacationed in the Wells, Maine area and we went up to Old Orchard Beach to play Skeeball and some of the Palace Playland games. I was never allowed to go to the pier. Much too adult for a pre-teen. My memory of Old Orchard Beach was that it was pretty seedy. Still is, but there are a few glimmers
Uploaded on 10/23/2012 9:31:36 AM
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