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Ocean Pier: 1904

Ocean Pier: 1904

Circa 1904. "Old Orchard, Maine. Ocean Pier." After a long walk on this long pier: Drink Moxie! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Peer under the pier

Here's a photo I took underneath this pier (at low tide, obviously) in May 2006. I had the best hot dog of my life at Old Orchard Beach that day (seriously).


Shorpy fans with a yearning to go back in time should know that they can at least still drink Moxie. It remains available in New England. I buy it by mail order and drink it all the time.


Old Orchard Beach is still a popular destination, but with average summertime (July and August) water temperatures of about 64 degrees (F) it's easy to see why there was only one swimmer in the water on the day this was taken.

Spot the swimmer!

Very nice.

Very commercial

Interesting to see looking more like the Jersey Shore in regard to ads. It looks like this might be the current version of that pier.

Childhood memories

When I was growing up in the 50's and the 60's this pier was still pretty much intact. The large building at the housed a miniature golf and an aquarium. You could still walk on the porches but only in the front as it had a barrier preventing you from going around the back. The hall itself was lined with photos of the big bands that performed there in the 30's and 40's. My parents used to go there and see the bands. Storms over the years have taken their toll. The building beyond where the people are walking is now the end of the pier. and the railing on the left is lined with booths selling the usual tourist items meant to separate the visitors from their cash.

Thanks Dave for the memory

Summer Memories.

Back in the Fifties we used to vist Old Orchard and walk out on the pier, watching the waves roll in a break on the shore beneath.

They had a mine ride with mules, which was a bit tacky account all the flies, but, all in all, part of a summer's fun.

We stayed in a small cottage South along the shore at Old Orchard and still visible in the creek entering the ocean at that point were the wooden pilings from the bridge of the long-abandoned Interurban that ran along the shore.

The Navy would perform exercises offshore.

Occasionally we would drive up to Portland and cross the Million Dollar Bridge.

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Still there!

The pier is still there - a mainstay of OOB. It's shorter now, and has more buildings, and the word honky-tonk doesn't begin to describe it, but essentially it's still the same.

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