Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Steel Pier, Circa 1910.
The Steel Pier was one of the major amusement piers built off the boardwalk in Atlantic City, opening on June 18th, 1898. The steel girder structure extended 1500 feet from the boardwalk into the Atlantic Ocean, housing theaters, ball rooms and amusement arcades. It’s been variously called An Amusement City at Sea and A Vacation in Itself. It also was once called the Showplace of the Nation, and featured acts such as John Phillip Sousa and his Band, The High Diving Horse and Rex; the Wonder Dog who could water ski.