Sutro Baths | San Francisco, CA

Tourists visit the remnants of the once great Sutro Baths, which overlook the Pacific Ocean

Tourists visit the remnants of the once great Sutro Baths, which overlook the Pacific Ocean
image via my personal collection on Ed Penano

In 1894, Adolph Sutro, a self-made millionaire developed the Sutro Baths, a massive public bathhouse that covered three acres in the Outer Richmond District in San Francisco alongside Ocean Beach. Sutro’s dream for the Baths was to provide a healthy, recreational and inexpensive swimming facility for thousands of San Franciscans. I’v read of the classical Greek portal as you enter the saltwater and freshwater swimming pools that came equipped with springboards, trapezes, and waterslides that was (or, at least I’d like to think) the usual things swimming holes of that time had to be equipped with. I bet it was a spectacle to behold!

But now, Sutro Baths is now classified as a Golden Gate National Recreation Area, and the splendor of what once was is only a memory in the past. And a place where one can only ponder how awesome it must’ve been to play in a pool that overlooked the ocean. Its still a wondrous place to visit.

Here's what it looked like back in the day...

Here’s what it looked like back in the day…
image courtesy of New York Public Library Digital Collection

Sutro Baths
Location (look for trails down to Baths):
Lands End Lookout, 680 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121

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