Piers & Wharves
On Piers and Bathhouses in the 1850s
"Every house on the shore has its own bathhouse. The water being very shoal, they are erected at the end of a wharf projecting sometimes 1000 feet out into the lake. Thus, when one looks up and down the shore in front of the town, the eye is filled with the spectacle of 100 or 200 narrow bridges and bathing houses built on water. At evening and other bathing hours, these bridges in the season are filled with ladies and children and servants, going to and from the baths; the women, grotesquely arrayed in long waist less robes of calico or gingham, and their faces concealed by horrid hoods or veils. At such hours, gentlemen are tabooed from the baths, they have their hours, too. Nothing is thought of, nor spoken of, during the summer, but bathing. 'Have you bathed today?' takes the place of ‘How do you do?’ Not to bathe daily, is to be voted out of society.”
The Bojianish Fishing Wharf off Market Street during the late 1800s
A 1940s view
Piers are slowly disappearing
The magic and majesty of dusk on the water.
The Municipal Pier flooded by hurricane winds.
Pier Damages in progress.