December 9, 2012 7:32 PM Subscribe
posted by MattMangels (24 comments total)
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Anyone who has spent any time at all on the Western side of San Francisco is familiar with the name Sutro
. Being the 24th mayor of the City was actually one of his smaller and lesser-known accomplishments.
Born in Prussia in 1830, he first made a name for himself with The Sutro Tunnel
, which was used to drain water from underneath the Comstock Lode
, improving working conditions and lowering the mine's operating costs. He sold his interest in the company he founded and left for San Francisco, where he built
himself a mansion
, among other things...The Sutro Baths
: Located at Land's End
, it contained not just swimming pools
, but also a museum and a concert hall. Opened in 1896, the largest pool (or "tank" as it as known) was converted into an ice-skating (and later roller-skating) rink
in its later years. The structure was set to be demolished when a fire broke out
, in what was apparently no accident
, in June of 1966. The ruins of the Baths are now an attraction in and of themselves
. Across the street you can walk around the area that was once his estate
The Baths were sadly not the only structure Sutro financed to be destroyed by fire. He was responsible for the most elaborate
(and short-lived) incarnation of the Cliff House
), which opened in 1896 and burned to the ground in 1907.
even the thickest fog, Sutro Tower
broadcast signals for 11 TV stations and four FM radio stations. It is located atop Mt. Sutro
, which along with Mt. Davidson
was completely barren before Mr. Sutro enlisted schoolchildren to plant trees (mostly Eucalyptus) as windbreaks.