50th Birthday of OB Pier Celebrated by OB Historical Society

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in Culture, Environment, History, Ocean Beach

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Michelle West , Torrie Miller (umbrellas walking) and Grayson (stroller) All photos by Byron Morton

By Bryon Morton

The Ocean Beach Historical Society had a presentation to coincide with the Ocean Beach Pier turning 50 years old. There was a briefing and celebration at the Point Loma United Methodist Church on Sunset Cliffs Blvd last week on Thursday, July 21stat 700PM.

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Ralph Teyssier

Ralph Teyssier lectured on the engineering and building that went into the Ocean Beach Fishing Pier.

Per the Historical Society’s web site:

Leonard Teyssier, Ralph’s father, was owner of one of the largest construction companies in San Diego in the mid- 1960s.  Leonard’s firm, Teyssier, Teyssier, Inc., built the Ocean Beach Pier.”

Ralph spoke to a packed house and engaged the audience with slides of historical photographs and architectural blue prints of the Ocean Beach Fishing Pier.  He had been a teenager during the construction progress and was on-site to witness much of the pier fabrication and construction.

OBHS OB Pier cel bm 6According to the Historical Society’s handout,

“The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier, one of the most visited landmarks in San Diego County, was officially christened and introduced to eager San Diegans on July 2, 1966.

Over 7,000 of San Diego’s then 600,000 residents showed up to celebrate the opening, including local politicians Mayor Frank Curan and California Governor Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, who had the honor of cutting the ribbon.

The pier extends 1,971 feet into the ocean. Its unique T-shape at the end ends 360 feet to the south and 193 feet to the north.

Visitors can come and spend the day on the pier, as it is equipped with bathrooms, a restaurant, and a bait shop.”

Editor: Byron visited the OB Pier and found some of its denizens.

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Darla Beery (server Walking On Water Cafe) OB Pier

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James Robinson “Horn Feather” (Hand Carver) with Fire Agate Stone

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Dale Siscon & Phyllis Manini (Tailgate with Bamboo Umbrella)

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