March 2nd in Seal Beach History

On this date in 1939, the Santa Ana Register reported that work on the new $110,000 pier was advancing.

According to a report made by Leon C. Michailes, a Public Works Administration engineer to Kenneth A. Godwin, the regional director for the PWA, 32 tons of reinforcing steel, 530 barrels of cement, 19,000 lineal feet of piling, and 360,000 board feet of lumber had been used to date in the pier construction.

The PWA had issued a grant for $49,090 towards the construction. The rest of the cost would be met locally.

– Michael Dobkins

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5 Responses to March 2nd in Seal Beach History

  1. I love the Seal Beach news from days gone by…Even though I grew up there, I had no idea how rich the history was. Thank you for providing all of these tidbits. It is a wonderful gift to those of us who will always have Seal Beach in our hearts.


    • Michael Dobkins says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Camille. There are times (like tonight!) when doing an post seems like a pointless chore, and getting a nice comment like yours is very encouraging and makes this odd project feel worthwhile. So, again… thank you.

      Mike Dobkins


  2. Anonymous says:

    My dad Gilbert Black worked on building the pier in 1939 here was a laborer. He and my mom were newly weds, and lived at10th and Electric. I arrived in October of 1939. Robert Black


    • Michael Dobkins says:

      Robert, it’s always interesting how many personal connections you end up having with these posts. I guess it’s not too surprising in a small town, but it does help make this stuff a little more real. Thanks for sharing.

      Mike Dobkins


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