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The Quick 10: Santa Monica Pier


One of the things I really loved about L.A. is how easy it is to transport yourself to a totally different environment.  One day I was hanging out at the same hotel Marilyn Monroe once lived in and thinking about how I wasn’t cool enough to be enjoying a super overpriced drink at the Tropicana; the next day I was eating a hot dog and going barefoot in the sand at the Santa Monica Pier.  Maybe that’s not that impressive to most of you, but when you come from the midwest, you don’t transition scenery that fast. If you want a beach, you have to hop on a plane and travel several hours.  Unless you count lake beaches, which totally aren’t the same thing.  Um.  All of this rambling is my longwinded way of saying that today’s Quick 10 L.A. Week post is about the historic Santa Monica Pier (and area).

sign1. Open since September 9, 1909, the Santa Monica Pier was originally anything but fun and carefree. It actually served the very practical purpose of carrying sewage out past the breakers.  So when they advertise that they’re celebrating 100 years of the Santa Monica Pier this year, what they are really saluting is 93 years of fun and entertainment and seven years of poo disposal.  I kid… sort of.  It was made for sewage, but even so, people were flocking to it even since 1909.

2. The second, adjoining pier was built in 1916 and has been known by three different names, which I’ll probably use interchangeably. When it was first built by amusement park magnate Charles Looff – he built the first Coney Island Carousel in 1876 – it was known as the Looff Pier.  At some point people started calling it Newcomb Pier and then the Pleasure Pier (as opposed to the municipal poo pier).  I’m not sure that anyone actually designates between the two piers these days; at least from a non-Californian’s perspective, the whole kit and caboodle is just referred to as Santa Monica Pier.

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Photos from Laws, California, near Bishop — those snowy things are the Sierras. That’s where we started Wednesday morning. We checked out the railroad museum in Laws, Laws being a hamlet of about 15 houses a few miles down the road from Bishop.

In the desert where Laws sits, I tried to get my painter’s eye around the desert while Jer had his camera to do the work.


We then drove not all that far to Barstow, a town about which I know almost nothing except that the Best Western is near a traffic island (unapproachable on foot) and a train that reminds me, almost pleasantly, of my youth along the Pennsy railroad.

Seligman~ Route 66 Town

Arizona Route 66

Seligman, Arizona is a    Route 66 town all the way. This delightful town retains all the flavor of the old road. A    trip down Route 66 in Seligman is a trip back in time to the days when Route 66 was the    Main Street of America. Founded in 1895 after the completion of the “Peavine”    Railroad (see Ash Fork) the railroad camp known as Prescott Junction officially became    Seligman and was an important railroad stop along the line. Seligman embraced Route 66    wholeheartedly upon its arrival in the late 1920’s. The railroad and tourist traffic    from Route 66 became Seligman’s main source of economic security. In the late 1970′s    Seligman was bypassed by the Interstate and the Santa Fe Railroad ceased its operations in    the town in 1985. Many old towns with similar histories would have faded away once they    were bypassed, but not Seligman.




The Roadkill Cafe

Roadkill Café “You Kill It, We Grill It Open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner   502 W. Hwy. 66  Seligman, AZ 86337 (928) 422-3554

Deer Delectables, Bad-Brake Steak, Fender Tenders, Caddie Grilled Patty
As you can probably tell from the name the Roadkill Café is a dining adventure.
The Roadkill is famous for its charbroiled burgers. What can we say, it’s well known that our burgers, steaks and ribs are the best to be found along Route 66.
But, seriously, our menu caters to those looking for a hearty meal to a light salad from our “all you can eat” salad bar.
We are proud to feature something for everyone.
Where else can you have as much fun ordering your meal as you can eating it?
Splatter Platter – Swirl of Squirrel – Big Bagged Stag – Highway Hash
Offering Daily Specials!

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