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Anna Maria in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Anna Maria Pier

 
 
The Anna Maria Pier Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 14, 2014
1. The Anna Maria Pier Marker
Inscription. Built in 1911, the Anna Maria City Pier welcomed visitors and residents to the island city arriving by steamship. The 776-foot-long pier accommodated paddle wheelers such as the Favorite and the Mistletoe prior to the construction of the first bridge from the mainland in 1922. The pier was commissioned by the Anna Maria Beach Company and was the brainchild of “Will” Bean, whose father homesteaded a large tract of land in 1893, and Charles Roser. Roser is credited by some with having developed the recipe (or baking process) for the famous Fig Newton cookie which he sold c. 1898 to the National Biscuit Company, now Nabisco. Bean and Roser built Anna Maria’s first church and bathhouse in 1913 on the Gulf of Mexico, along with cottages for their families and others. In a building barged down from Parrish, the city’s early promoters handed out flashy brochures of a young lady wearing a short dress, high heels, pearls, and holding a fishing pole reading “Anna Maria Beach, Florida’s Famous Year-round Resort.” Some of the island city’s first buildings survive today on Pine Avenue, a heritage area made possible by the construction of the Anna Maria City Pier over 100 years ago.
 
Erected 2011 by The Anna Maria Island Preservation Trust, Inc. and the Florida Department of State.
Wide view of The Anna Maria Pier Marker image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 14, 2014
2. Wide view of The Anna Maria Pier Marker
(Marker Number F-708.)
 
Location. 27° 31.978′ N, 82° 43.915′ W. Marker is in Anna Maria, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of South Bay Boulevard and Pine Avenue, on the right when traveling west on South Bay Boulevard. Click for map. Pine Avenue ends at the Anna Maria Pier. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria FL 34216, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Passage Key (approx. ¼ mile away); “Bean's Point” / Early Legend (approx. 0.3 miles away); The City of Anna Maria Historical Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Island Playhouse (approx. half a mile away); DeSoto Trail (approx. 5.4 miles away); Snead Island / Seventh Day Adventist School (approx. 7 miles away); Palma Sola (approx. 7.2 miles away); Adams and Rogers Cemeteries (approx. 8.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Anna Maria.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels
 
The Anna Maria Pier image. Click for full size.
By PaulwC3, March 14, 2014
3. The Anna Maria Pier
Anna Maria City Pier image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 6, 2012
4. Anna Maria City Pier
Anna Maria City Pier image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 6, 2012
5. Anna Maria City Pier
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia. This page has been viewed 289 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by PaulwC3 of Northern, Virginia.   4, 5. submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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