The Pier

Uploaded: October 23, 2012 09:31:36


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

Exif: F Number: 20, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/80 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 43.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D


Emile Abbott level-classic October 23, 2012

Coastal piers such as this are always targets of the wrath of nature from the sea but somehow we always rebuild them again and again. Love your angle and perspective to include the textures of the beach, the wave action of the sea and that amazing sky. This is the total package Dave. Well done my friend. (ps I did not know we had green coffee beans for weight loss. Don't believe it.) Rock on. #1494050

Monnie Ryan October 23, 2012

Looks great now, especially from this perspective! Well done! #10381058

John Connolly October 23, 2012

A wonderful story telling old structure David! A wonderful time of day for this excellent capture, and thanks for the history! #10381159

Robert R. Goodman October 23, 2012

Hi David,Nice info and a beautiful capture my friend.I'll be up in New England next month!!! #10381196

Anthony G. Comella October 23, 2012

Terrific viewing and a wonderful history! Spot on!! #10381261

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic October 23, 2012

Wonderful perspective and details David!,
Amalia #10381338

Claudia Kuhn level-classic October 23, 2012

That pier sure has had a lot of history David, thanks for sharing that and your beautiful image of it. #10381431

Patrick Rouzes level-classic October 23, 2012

Superb clarity, lighting, perspective, mood & scene! Exceptional job! Liked the info too,Dave.

Katherine Kuhn October 23, 2012

Beautiful light, detail & composition on this historic pier, David! #10381493

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe October 23, 2012

Excellent pov , colors and capture, David. Love this! #10381494

Michelle Alton October 23, 2012

A glorious capture that proves that "You CAN go back!" Also loved reading the description of its history and your memories. #10381593

Stan Kwasniowski October 23, 2012

David, gorgeous #10381695

Stefania Barbier level-classic October 24, 2012

Love it! #10381763

Douglas Pignet October 24, 2012

lovely capture w/beautiful colors #10381821

Ken Smith level-classic October 24, 2012

I like the lightning in this, Dave. Nicely done...excellent comp! #10381881

Tiia Vissak October 24, 2012

a cool view! #10382215

Mike Clime October 24, 2012

Wow, what a neat old pier and wonderful info about it too, David! #10382366

David Phalen October 24, 2012

Thank you all VERY much!! #10382710

Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic October 24, 2012

Beautifully seen and captured...wonderful light, tones and detail. Love the pier and hope to see this one again. #10383023

Joy Rector October 25, 2012

beautiful shot, and love the history #10383382

JO ANN CLEVELAND October 25, 2012

What a wonderful find Dave, love tghe diagonal lindes and also the history! Hope all is well with you!

jo ann c. #10383601

Stan Kwasniowski November 29, 2012

David, congratulations #10438925

Stefania Barbier level-classic November 29, 2012

congratulations for your beautiful finalist! #10439538

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe November 30, 2012

Excellent finalist. Congrats, David. Hope to see gold on this. #10439717

Robert R. Goodman November 30, 2012

Hi David,Big Congratulations my friend on this beautiful finalist!!!! #10440129

Gary Lange November 30, 2012

Congrats Dave!!! #10440773

Ellen Hodges November 30, 2012

Huge congrats and very best luck. On this awesome finalist!!, #10441360

Emile Abbott level-classic November 30, 2012

Congratulations on well deserved finalist, David #10441393

Katherine Kuhn November 30, 2012

Congratulations on this beautiful finalist, David! #10441587

Nancy L. Green level-classic November 30, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS David on this wonderful finalist, WTG!!! <>< #10441984

Mary Beth Aiello level-classic November 30, 2012

Love everything about this Dave, especially the history. Huge congrats on this gorgeous finalist. #10441985

John Connolly November 30, 2012

Congratulations on your finalist David! Nice work!! #10442114

Mitch Spence level-classic November 30, 2012

Such an excellent scene, Dave. Congratulations on your finalist. #10442245

Marijana Fajgl November 30, 2012

Big congratulations on your fantastic finalist, David! #10442365

Guy D. Biechele level-classic November 30, 2012

Awesome textures, lines, and tones. Very visually appealing. Congrats, David! #10442680

Michele Peterson level-classic November 30, 2012

A very interesting place! Love the clarity throughout the photo. Congratulations on the finalist! #10443250

David Phalen December 01, 2012

Thank you all very much!! #10444895

Tammy Espino December 01, 2012

I missed one! A late congrats!! :) Better late than never! #10445671

Lorna Shutter December 01, 2012

Woo Hoo!!! CONGRATULATIONS on your 2 FABULOUS FINALISTS this month, King Davey Pooh!!!!! WTG, my friend!!! :)
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Marilyn K. Lincecum level-classic December 01, 2012

WTG David..Huge congratulations on a fantastic finalist !! #10445903

Carol Eade level-addict December 02, 2012

Congratulations on your beautiful finalist! #10447499

JO ANN CLEVELAND December 03, 2012

Wooo hoooo! Congrats Dave! What a well deserved month for you!!

jo ann c. #10448560

Merna L. Nobile December 04, 2012

To my photo friend:
Look back with pride,
Look forward with excitement,
Enjoy the success of the day.

Jill Odice level-classic December 04, 2012

Congrats on your finalist David! This looks like a great place full of nice memories! Somehow I didn't think it was in Columbus :-) #10451373

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