Huntington Beach Then & Now: Visions Of Quaint Seaside Carnivals

THEN // This year marks the 100th anniversary of the concrete pier in Huntington Beach. I'm honored to have been asked to speak at the ceremony on Sunday, June 22, and as I stand there at Pier Plaza, this is what I will imagine as I look ahead of me. In 1947, a "fun zone" was incorporated near the head of the pier. Quaint and simple, it featured a handful of carnival rides including this ferris wheel. This is the HB I often see by the pier; a vintage-era seaside community. It's just in my head, but it still feels very real.

NOW // Reality. The liquor store at left is all that remains. Progress, I suppose, but it still doesn't make me stop wishing I'd been around for that older era. Marcel Proust said, "Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were," and that is true. Still, I'd like to have seen HB in 1947. Standing right at the head of that pier.

"Huntington Beach Then & Now" is a weekly HB evolution series inspired by HB-based author Chris Epting's 2007 book "Huntington Beach (CA) (Then & Now)." 

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