Monday, May 27, 2019

The Sutro Baths Ruins



Last week I shared the Sutro Heights Park. This week we are going across the street to the ruins of the Sutro Baths. The Baths were opened in 1890 by Adolph Surto. It was a glass-roofed enclosed structure that contained seven salt water swimming pools that were fed by the tides of the San Francisco Bay. It was a total family attraction with a train that got you there, to different specimens that Sutro had collected in his travels such as Egyptian mummies, stuffed polar bears, apes and totem poles. They had slides, swings, rings trampolines and diving platforms. Even though it was popular, the baths were expensive to maintain and never made a profit. The Baths were closed down in 1966 and in June of 1966, there was a (what some say was a very suspicious) fire that burned them down. The area was supposed to be turned into housing but the National Park Service bought the land in 1980 and the ruins remain:








Of course there are some amazing ocean views there:







I would have loved to see in the Sutro Baths in all of its full glory.






25 comments:

  1. Hello from Idaho and swung by Songbirds blog. Wow that place sound cool mostly the totem poles.
    Coffee is on

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  2. This is the first time I'm hearing about this area despite having been to San Fran many years ago. It looks like a very interesting place and you've got some great photos of it.

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  3. Patrick, an older cousin of mine remembers her mother taking her there when she was a kid. I saw a TV documentary about it, and it seems to have been quite spectacular and unique. #HearthAndSoul

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  4. WOW! Such a cool place! I just got way off track and googled sutro baths. Thanks for the history info - I just spent 2 hours reading all about this amazing place! I too wish I had seen it in it's glory!!

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  5. What a nice place thanks for the tour have a totempoletastic week :-)

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  6. Very interesting! I’m glad that at least it now belongs to the National Park. Thanks for sharing and linking on Amanda’s Books and More!

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  7. I agree, it would have been amazing to see them in their glory - a polar bear! Ha!

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  8. That must have really been something to see in it's day!

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  9. How interesting! And you've got some great photos of it, Patrick.

    Happy WW!

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  10. What an interesting place. I love visiting places with such fun history, so thanks for sharing.
    Your link is a great part of 'My Corner of the World' this week! Thanks for joining us.
    My Corner of the World

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  11. What a relaxing place. And fantastic view of Ocean Beach, and Pacific

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  12. They're not much to look at now but they would have been absolutely amazing when he first built them. How fantastic would it have been to have gone there for the day?
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I've shared on my SM :)

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  13. I've been all over the city many times and never heard about this. How cool and I would have loved to see it in its glory too.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Wordless Wednesday, Patrick. ♪♫♪♫

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  14. Patrick,

    Historical places are fun to visit and this is because the ocean which makes it doubly nice. Thanks for sharing and for your visit earlier. Have a happy WW, my friend!

    Views from my window...well, almost ww!

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  15. How interesting Patrick and a great background with the rugged coastline and ocean. Thanks for sharing at #MLSTL it is always good to have you join us with your latest travels.

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  16. Those are some beautiful views.
    Hello from India!

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  17. It's a pretty place, even if a bit sad. The ruins look much older than they really are. Great photos.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really crafty Link Party, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  18. Oh wow, that's really fascinating. The ruins look like a fab place to explore. Oh but wouldn't it have been a treat if this was still open today, as it should have been. Thank you for sharing your adventures with the #DreamTeam :-)

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  19. Hi Patrick, Nice to meet you through #MLSTL. Stunning photos! Spectacular views! Interesting about the supposedly suspicious fire:) Erica (sharing on SM)

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  20. Awww this looks amazing. what an experience I loved reading this. If we were having coffee, I'd tell you I am not feeling overly happy at the moment and that this moment is just what I need to help soothe my soul.

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  21. Aren't they amazing, I commented in another bloggers post before about things with such history just amazing me, as in Australia everything man made is still so new compared to the history other countries enjoy. One day I hope to explore more! #Ablogginggoodtime

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  22. Great photos, my shots of the sea always look flat, but you can practically hear the waves here #abitofeverything

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  23. Thank you for sharing at #ThursdayFavoriteThings. Pinned and shared.

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  24. Lovely photos. Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday Blog Hop, hope to see you today :)

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