Since the 1800’s, piers have always stretched onto Tampa Bay from the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront shoreline. As the Sunshine City eagerly awaits the completion of the latest version – the St. Pete Pier – the history of these structures have not always been for recreational use. The first recognized pier – the Railroad Pier – was built after Peter Demens brought the Orange Belt Railroad to the Pinellas peninsula in 1888. Lined with loading docks and warehouses, the 3,000 ft-long Railroad Pier was used to transport cargo, and people, to and from steamships. By 1889, the Railroad Pier became a popular spot for fishermen and swimmers, even housing a bathing pavilion with a toboggan slide.
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