OB Pier 50th Anniversary | Ocean Beach San Diego CA

OB Pier 50th Anniversary

Thanks to all the OB Pier fans who have submitted stories, photos, and memories for your enjoyment below. If you have a memory, photo, or story to share, please do so using the "Pierbook" form.


OB Pier History, Construction, & Opening Weekend Video

OB Pier History, Construction, & Opening Weekend Video

Learn about the history, construction, and opening weekend celebration for the Ocean Beach Pier. This video, filmed and produced by local OB resident Matthew O'Connor, features Leonard Teyssier, contractor for the OB Pier, and Chuck Bahde, who headed up the committee that commissioned the pier, and historical footage of the opening weekend in 1966...

OB Pier Opening Weekend

OB Pier Opening Weekend

Local photographer Stephen Rowell has generously shared this image of the OB Pier's opening celebration on July 2-4, 1966. The festivities included a parade, a talent contest, a variety show, and a sand castle competition, among other activites...

OB Pier Opening Celebration Program

Pier Opening Celebration Program

Page through the original program for the OB Pier's Opening Celebration from July 2 through 4, 1966!

Mission Bay Bridge - photo courtesy of Ocean Beach Historical Society

Predecessors to the OB Pier

The OB Pier at the end of Niagara Avenue was not the first attempt at creating a fishing spot in Ocean Beach. Prior to the pier's opening in 1966, OB boasted two other structures that stretched into the water and provided a location for fishing: the Mission Bay Bridge and the Del Monte Ave Pier.

OB Pier Construction Photos from Teyssier & Teyssier

OB Pier Construction Photos from Teyssier & Teyssier

Leonard Teyssier, contractor for the OB Pier, has generously shared these images of the pier being built in 1965 and 1966, courtesy of his company Teyssier & Teyssier.

San Diego Union Coverage of 1966 Pier Opening

San Diego Union Coverage of 1966 Pier Opening

The San Diego Union (now the San Diego Union-Tribune) reported that 7000 people attended the official opening of the Ocean Beach Pier the first weekend of July 1966. This press clipping shows photos and captions about some of the weekend's events.

Aerial Pier Photos from Teyssier & Teyssier

Aerial Pier Photos from Teyssier & Teyssier

Leonard Teyssier, the contractor whose company Teyssier & Teyssier built the OB Pier, has generously shared these images of the pier from the air.

Mike Sturak, Resident Engineer for Pier Construction

Mike Sturak, Resident Engineer for Pier Construction

"My father-in-law Mike Sturak was the Resident Engineer from San Diego Engineering Department for the pier construction and while he held other major responsibilities such as for the Sewage Treatment Plant on the end of Point Loma, the pier was the work he was most proud of. He spent week ends and evenings during construction walking the pier and making sure that all was done just right..."

OB Pier Photos by Jim Grant

OB Pier Photos by Jim Grant

Local photographer Jim Grant has generously shared some of his stunning images of the OB Pier...

OB Pier Photo by Joe Ewing

OB Pier Photos by Joe Ewing

Local photographer Joe Ewing has generously shared some of his stunning images of the OB Pier.

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