Pier, which was located at
Young Street, was always a mysterious place to us.
Since it was so far south from our motel, my parents never liked to
go to it. When they did allow
us to ride the rides on the pier, we were always disappointed.
I still remember when we rode the Lost World ride.
Despite its elaborate facade on the outside, the inside contained
nothing except plants and a green trash can.
I also remember riding the pier's Scrambler that was powered
by an old tractor engine. It
seemed faster than traditional Scramblers, but the diesel fumes were
sickening. And finally, Fun
Pier was home to Frankensteinís Castle.
We only witnessed this ride in operation once during our visits to
the pier. It had a huge
Frankensteinís monster on the outside and live actors could be seen
running around on the second floor of the attraction.
Although my dad offered to take us into the castle, we chickened
out and said that we would ride it some other day.
I regret that decision because we never had the opportunity to ride
it ever again. After that
year, the ride would never reopen and would turn into a dilapidated mess
at the end of the pier. Most
of the pier, including Frankensteinís Castle would succumb to fire in
to see a rare 8mm home movie of Fun Pier from 1982. The
camera pans the entire pier and ends on Frankenstein's
Castle. The movie was taken by Mike Vlkovic.
The pier is now
owned by the Morey family and is named Wild Wheels Pier.
The only remaining structures from the pierís past are the pole
for the old observation tower and the building that housed the Jungle
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