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  Santa Monica Pier Sign
California, USA

© Steven John Koeppe
The Santa Monica Pier Sign became world famous after a popular TV show called Bay Watch made it into a well known cultural icon.
  Santa Monica Pier At Night
© Steven John Koeppe
Santa Monica Pier is an all-day, all-year mecca for visitors from all over the world. Lovers young and old, joggers and bikers of all kinds, fishermen from France and Mexico and Portugal and Russia... people from pretty much everywhere.
  Santa Monica Pier's Loof Carousel
Santa Monica, California

© Steven John Koeppe
This beautiful old Loof Carousel in the Santa Monica Pier Hippodrome has been painstakingly restored and is available for a ride 5 days a week. It may not be the heart of the city but it's proudly held very close Santa Monica's soul.
  End of the Old Pier
Santa Monica, California

© Steven John Koeppe
Like Santa Monica, the pier has changed a bit over the years. In the mid 80's the end of the per was ripped off by a particularily virulent El Nino storm. After that it was quite a bit shorter, but there were still some funky little places on the pier, like a bait shop and fresh fish market, a weird plaster-of paris novelty shop, a seedy bar called Moby's Dock and the Okie Dog.
  The Old Fun Zone
Santa Monica, California

© Steven John Koeppe
The flavor of the old pier had less in common with a modern, safe and sterile amusement park as it did a traveling carnival. Now, you are more likely to see youngsters working on both sides of the booth. There's still an arcade, but it's been dressed up with paint and signage. It has all the latest computer games but still features a few classics of the pinball variety for the purist.
  Sinbad's
On Old Santa Monica Pier

© Steven John Koeppe
Anyone remember Sinbad's ? I never had the opportunity to go inside this old relic of a nightclub, but oftened wondered about tales it's wall might tell. Plans that were made to resurrect just the storefront as "Club 66" never panned out. Finally, one day it was just plain gone with the wind.
  Overcast Evening At The Pier
© Steven John Koeppe
Sometimes it isn't bright and sunny at Santa Monica Pier. Often, especially in early summer, a persistant marine layer makes all the difference between 100 degree temps inland and the more moderate 78 degree coastal breeze we enjoy near the ocean. Locals call this weather "June Gloom".
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