|Fifty of California's public piers were built or renovated (at least in part) by money from the Wildlife Conservation Board. New piers built after 1959 were built as fishing piers.
Several piers were renovated from a previous life as bridges, i.e., the older Vallejo Pier, the Dumbarton Pier, the F.D. Roosevelt Pier, the San Mateo Bridge Pier, the Antioch Bridge Pier, and the Ravenswood Pier. When new bridges were built, the older, closer to the water bridges were converted (in Part) to fishing piers.
The Berkeley Pier was onetime used by cars to reach the Berkeley ferry to San Francisco. It was used for many years after the ferry closed as a fishing pier and then finally, in 1959, was the first pier to be renovated by the Wildlife Conservation Board.
The Ferry Point Pier in Richmond was also a landing at one time, it was the landing for the Richmond-San Francisco ferry and part of the old works still survive.
The Santa Cruz Wharf has always been a multi-purpose pier that allowed angling which is the same as Wharf #2 in Monterey.
Several piers that were designed and exist today as fishing piers once saw previous wharves or piers in the same location that were commercial wharves (although they allowed fishing). Newport, Redondo Beach, Malibu, Port San Luis, Avila, Cayucos, and Point Arena are examples of such piers.
Some piers that were built as fishing (or pleasure) piers also served as structures under which sewage pipes could be attached. Pacifica and Santa Monica are examples of such piers.
Several early piers including the original Imperial Beach Piers and the Manhattan Beach Pier had wave motor machines installed on the pier to provide electricity to service beach side needs for electricity. The piers were not built for the wave motor machines but served as dual purpose places for the machines. Separate "wave motor" piers were built in Huntington Beach and at Redondo but didn't survive too many years before being destroyed by storms.
The piers have a rich history that continues to be written, sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad.
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