Steel Pier is a 1,000-foot-long (300 m) amusement pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, located across The Boardwalk from Trump Taj Mahal. The pier was owned by Trump Entertainment Resorts until 2011, when it was sold to the Catanoso Family under the "Steel Pier Associates, LLC" name. The Catanosos previously leased the pier to operate the amusement park before the sale. Steel Pier continues to operate as an amusement pier, and is one of the most successful family-oriented attractions in the city.
From 1935 through 1938 Steel Pier was where Miss America was crowned. It was described as "An Amusement City at Sea" and "A Vacation in Itself." It also was once called the "Showplace of the Nation" and included such acts as the High Diving horse; Rex the Wonder Dog, a water-skiing canine in the 1930s; and even human musicians, Frank Sinatra and Al Jolson among others. "Rain or Shine ... There's Always a Good Show on Steel Pier" was another phrase used to describe the venue's varied entertainment.
The pier used to be much longer, but a December 1969 fire six months before the opening of the 1970 season shortened its size by about a third. The original wooden pier with steel underpinnings was destroyed in a 1982 fire; the current concrete structure dates from 1993.